One of the things that nannies dread most when they assume a post with a new family is “job creep,” the tendency of even well-meaning employers to gradually add more and more tasks to a nanny’s duties, some of which aren’t related to the care of their charges. This is considered a major no-no by nannies and nanny agencies alike, who claim that household chores fall under the duties of a household manager. Need for both a nanny and a household manager has given rise to the position of nanny manager, one that combines the elements of both careers into one. There are many reasons why a veteran nanny might want to consider making the leap to nanny manager; here are five of them.
- Increased Salary – Adding to your tasks and responsibilities also means a raise in pay, which is welcome in any economy but can be a lifesaver in a struggling economic climate. The vast majority of employers understand that the increased demand and drain on a nanny manager’s energy requires that they are compensated accordingly; by completing household chores and preparing meals for the family, you could boost your annual salary considerably.
- Retaining a Post – In some cases, agreeing to take on additional responsibilities may be the only way to retain a post, as families are forced to cut expenses in any way they can. If your current employer eliminates a household manager’s position, you may be able to absorb the responsibilities she left behind for what amounts to a considerable pay raise on your part, but is still less than her annual salary. You’ll be earning more while your employers are paying less, making everyone happy.
- Your Prospective Charges Are School Age – Considering a position in which all of the children are of school age makes it a bit easier for a nanny to transition into a nanny manager. With the bulk of the day during the school year free to catch up on laundry, tidying up and meal planning and preparation, there’s very little added stress and the potential for a considerable boost in income.
- You’re Ready For a More Challenging Position – Whether you work in childcare or as an astrophysicist, there comes a time in everyone’s life when a more challenging, engaging position is appealing. If you’ve become a seasoned veteran in the trenches of nanny-dom, feeling as if you’re going through each day on autopilot, adding responsibilities and tasks to your to-do list might be just what you need to feel invigorated and challenged anew.
- Boosting Your Resume, Employability and Future Earning Power – No post lasts forever. Children grow up, and the nannies who care for them are forced to find work with a new family. Being able to add a glowing reference under the title of “Nanny Manager” on your resume sets you apart from other candidates without your level of experience, enabling you to find new posts more easily and command a higher salary.
Nannies with culinary backgrounds or experience working in other domestic positions are especially encouraged to consider making the move into nanny management, as they are already equipped with a considerable related skill-set.