Maintaining a Professional Relationship With Your Nanny
When hiring a nanny, employers are effectively allowing a stranger to have access to their most personal assets; the home and the family. Of course, this stranger is a qualified professional, who is trained to look after the children and possessions of others, but for those who have not hired a nanny before this can be an extremely daunting prospect.
However, thousands of people will confirm that employing a nanny is an incredibly valuable thing to do, especially for parents who are particularly busy on a day-to-day basis.
It is important to remember that a nanny can become like a member of the family, and while this may be desirable, it is still necessary to maintain a professional relationship during the employment.
Here are some tips for ensuring that the boundaries do not become too blurred.
Provide an informal dress code
For those who don’t already have a dress code in place, it can be beneficial to include one in the contract so that there are no disagreements further down the line. While it may seem appropriate for a nanny to wear comfortable clothing such as jeans and a t-shirt, it could be that this soon becomes denim shorts, or something that you deem unacceptable.
Refrain from inviting the nanny to social events
It’s understandable that a nanny will be present at children’s birthday parties, and possibly at family events where a child is in attendance. However, social events should be treated differently as they will no longer be on duty, and this may cause the lines between employer and friend to merge. Even those who employ a live-in nanny would be advised against including the employee in any social activities that take part in the home.
Treat the nanny as any other employer would their staff
Ultimately, employing a nanny for the home should be no different to employing a receptionist for an office, and both should be treated the same. All matters should be dealt with using respect and professionalism, while using the correct procedures. It is no more appropriate to give a nanny special treatment than singling out a particular co-worker in an office to receive extra benefits.
Bearing all of this in mind, it is still possible to have a positive and long-lasting relationship with a nanny, and one that can be mutually enjoyable for both parties. It is just worth ensuring that it is not forgotten that a nanny is an employee, and should be treated as one for the duration of the employment.