Nanny Responsibilities & Expectations: Consider This Before You Say, "Not in My Job Description, Not My Job!" by Matthew Lister
Loading a dishwasher, pet sitting or taking out garbage.
I am a nanny. Those tasks are not my job and not in my job description! Or are they? If I hear one more nanny kvetch about having to put dishes from the sink into the dishwasher, I will scream!
If your nanny family pays you guaranteed hours and asks you to pet sit while they are away, then do it! It all boils down to this question: What really is the job of a nanny?
Most think a nanny is there to feed and change the children, put them down for naps and keeping them safe – anything child specific. In my opinion, the job of a nanny is to do all tasks while caring for the children that will allow the parents to come home from work and immediately give full attention to their children.
Our job is to provide quality care to enhance the family. And we can only do that when we go above and beyond. If a floor needs swept – sweep it. Do minor cleanup jobs if necessary.
For all those nannies out there who say, “That is not my job,” you might want to learn the concept of going above and beyond! You will want extra hours sometime, or take an extra day or even want a great reference; going above and beyond will help with that.
Maybe “not my job” is not the right attitude to have. This helps me decide who is a professional nanny and which ones are just in this industry for the money. If you can’t take five minutes to help the family, then maybe you’re in the wrong industry, because being a nanny is helping a family.
I hope some will reconsider their views and make positive changes accordingly.
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