Some people will do everything humanly possible to avoid confrontation. With your personal relationships, this is arguably a good characteristic to have, however as an employer, it is your job to put these feelings in your back pocket and deal with various issues as they come up.
It can be hard when you have a nanny working in your home and some parts of her behavior are getting under your skin. I don’t mean the minor things (ex. How she loads the dishwasher or that she dresses your child in his blue coat when you prefer the red one). I’m talking about more serious issues that make you question her professionalism – punctuality, sick days, being grumpy when she arrives, not doing things when asked, talking on her phone etc. As an employer, it is your responsibility to sit her down and have a chat about these issues AS THEY HAPPEN. Sweeping these issues under the rug does nothing at all to improve the situation.
And inevitably, with all these issues festering, there will come a point when you will have had enough and you decide that it is time to let her go.
Don’t let it get to this point. You can save yourself a lot of unnecessary stress and avoid having to terminate her altogether by having regular pow-wows with your nanny. Start with the positive and then tell her ways how she can improve. You will find that your Nanny will pull up her socks – she loves your children and wouldn’t want to jeopardize her job in any way.
Sometimes, we all just need a reminder!
Kate McGeachin has been matching nannies and families for 8 years. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and her daughter. When she is not camping, skiing or biking, she is scouring the internet looking for the latest vegetarian gluten free recipes.