A common question among nanny employers is, “should I give my nanny a raise?” It can be hard to part with our hard earned dollar, especially when we have budgeted for a certain expense, such as a nanny. That being considered, it can also be hard to part with someone you trust with your loved ones!
Have you found someone both you and your children trust?
If your nanny has earned the trust of you and your children and you have all become comfortable around one another, think about what it took to get to that point. Consider what it would be like if you and the kids had to go through that process again with someone else. Is this a risk you are willing to take if your nanny was offered another, higher paid position?
It’s possible to gain loyalty with your nanny by simply showing them that they are valuable to you and your family. If your nanny is loyal to you, a position may arise that offers more pay but if you show your nanny that you appreciate their work and consistently reward them when it is appropriate and possible, it’s likely your nanny will stay put or at least give you the opportunity to match payment before they accept another offer. After all, once your family is comfortable around the nanny, it is likely they are also comfortable with you. And who wants to start all over again anyway?!
Does your nanny fulfill the tasks expected of them?
Has your nanny consistently fulfilled what he or she was hired to do? If this is the case, they deserves to have that acknowledged. If you hired them simply as a nanny and you come home to happy, safe kids and a fully intact house, day after day, then your nanny deserves a raise after a certain amount of time. Consider annual or semiannual raises.
If your nanny is having trouble fulfilling the agreed upon tasks, speak with them about the possibility of a raise if the tasks are completed more appropriately. People generally work harder when their hard work is rewarded or at least acknowledged. Be specific. If you hired a mommy’s helper, and the tasks included childcare, laundry and dishes… But the dishwasher is always full and the laundry only ever makes it to the dryer…. Speak up! Sit down with your nanny and ask them if there are certain tasks that he or she is struggling with or that they really hate to do. Maybe doing dishes is something that your nanny can’t stand. Or maybe they weren’t aware of how much it mattered. In any case, see if there is some negotiating you two can do to make it work better. Perhaps switch dish duty for another task or two so that both sets of needs are being met! Offering a raise can ensure your nanny is working to their full potential and being rewarded for doing so.