Everyone has different preferences when it comes to what role a nanny will fill, and every nanny has a different idea about what their job will be. Aligning these two perspectives is tricky, and can lead to more than one failed arrangement. In order to minimize that risk and ensure the right fit, nannies need to consider several factors that can weigh on the relationship between themselves and their employer. Even the most highly-qualified nanny won't be the right nanny for every family, so finding the perfect fit is essential for a productive engagement.
A few tips for ensuring you find the right fit are:
- Attitude is everything – The attitude that you approach tasks with will be closely watched by your new employer, so make sure to put your best foot forward at all times. Promoting a positive, energetic attitude will help set a good early impression and also help you when negotiating the role you play and other important employment factors.
- Communicate – Communication is critical for developing a strong employer/employee bond, and the more you communicate, the more your employer will open up. This will help foster that relationship faster and ensure that you're on the same page regarding what your role in the family actually is and what the expectations of you as a nanny are.
- Don't be afraid to say no – Not every request a family makes is a deal breaker, and saying no to a request that you feel uncomfortable with doesn't mean you'll lose your job, and it will help set important boundaries in the role you play. This also helps to prevent burnout, which is important for long-lasting relationship with your employer.