Ten Reasons Why Nannies Quit- Nanny Jobs in Miami
Why nannies quit? Miami Nanny – So why is it that Nannies quit without notice? Nannies, just as parents, prefer to have open communication with duties and expectations clearly defined. Here are some reasons why a nanny may feel overwhelmed and walk out on the job.
1. SCHEDULES THAT GROW, GROW, GROW: Warning! Abusing the nanny’s schedule with unplanned overtime can cost you to lose your nanny! Just as an employer will fire a chronically late employee, a nanny will quit on a chronically late parent. Also, remember, always compensate for overtime. You don’t want a disgruntled employee filing a wage and hour grievance against you.
2. DUTIES ADDED ONE BY ONE: Sometimes referred to as job creep, the family adds duties (housekeeping, cooking, shopping, watching your neighbor’s son after school) with out appropriate compensation.
3. POOR COMMUNICATION: The employer must make the time to establish regular communication with the nanny. Find 15 minutes once a week to just sit down and talk over the relationship and how things are going. Consider a Nanny Log and actually look at it every 24 hours, jotting a note to nanny every few days with recognition, suggestions, or just the information that you might be a few minutes late on Thursday.
4. NON-COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION: New nannies especially are often eager to accept the nanny job and do not investigate local wages or costs. When nannies find out that $250 per week for a 50 hour week is NOT the norm, they will leave, often without notice.
5. TAXES: Employers, take the time to discuss wage and tax issues SPECIFICALLY at the very beginning and memorialize this in your Work Agreement. Consider giving the nanny a breakdown of the tax deductions from her paycheck with her first payment, and any time there is a change to her compensation. Consult a nanny tax specialist for assistance when needed or work with a Nanny Agency who provides payroll services.
7. MICRO MANAGEMENT: When one or both parents spend a considerable amount of time at home while nanny is on duty problems often develop unless steps are taken up front to establish boundaries.
9. LACK OF RECOGNITION: Nanny spends long hours with your children, with little interaction with other adults. Parents who are so preoccupied with the demands of their own lives and careers sometimes forget to express appreciation for their nanny and often find themselves without a nanny unexpectedly. Words really do matter.
6. EXPENSES: Nannies who are asked to run family errands – whether groceries, dry cleaning, etc. – should be left adequate funds in advance. When nanny is required to provide transportation in her personal vehicle, adequate mileage reimbursement should occur.
8. FAMILY DYSFUNCTION: Physical abuse, marital wars, substance abuse, emotional instability… any and all of these in a household can cause a nanny to quit.
10. ISOLATION: Occasionally a family outright forbids the nanny to leave the home with the child. Nannies look forward to taking a walk with the baby on a nice day, perhaps walking with another neighborhood nanny or at-home mom, chatting, enjoying the interaction. Toddlers look forward to spending an hour exploring the local playground.
For Families who have live-in nannies:
A live in nanny, especially one who has relocated for the job, must have the opportunity and means (transportation) to establish a social life outside the home. Generally a live in nanny who does not have reliable access to a vehicle in the evenings and weekends will not stay long.