When should I tell my employer? I am a nanny looking for a new job

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: When should I tell
    Now. Don't screw them over : (3 votes)
    23 %
    Later. So what if you have to give short notice? : (6 votes)
    46 %
    I have another idea : (4 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 4
    1802 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m a nanny also, and it’s so difficult. Childcare can be hard to find, so naturally you want to give them ample time to find someone else to fill in for you, but that’s not always possible when you’re in the market for a new job. I also hesitate to tell current employers when I am looking because I’m afraid that they will get upset that I am leaving them for another family. 

    Would it be possible to let the mother know that you are in the process of looking, and that you just wanted to give her heads up. Tell her that you’re looking to change fields, so it’s not like you’re just leaving her (if that’s the truth anyway). Tell her you haven’t secured a position yet, and you will let her know as soon as you do, but that you wanted to give her a heads up so she doesn’t have to rush to find someone.

    Post # 5
    42076 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Laurenplusalex:  I think your first obligation is to yourself. If you tell them you are planning on leaving when you find other employment, they will start looking right away and may give you notice before you have found another job.

    2 weeks notice  is standard for many jobs.

    Post # 7
    2383 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Laurenplusalex:  2 weeks is standard for any job. I’m in a similar position, work in a very small office, and have been looking for a while now. I plan on not saying anything to my supervisor unless I accept another job offer, then giving my 2 weeks. My boss is the type that would possibly lay me off and hire someone new if he knew I was trying to leave- which is no bueno without another job in the works.. 

    Post # 9
    6691 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m confused. So you are planning on leaving both jobs? And you don’t have another job yet?

    My nanny left with no notice (made up some story about needing surgery) adn it was devastating. We relied on her for 100% of childcare and had no backup. She did it at 6pm on a Tuesday, so we had basically no time to even find a short term replacement. I would definitely give the Mom at least 2 weeks notice.

    Post # 10
    9856 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Laurenplusalex:  I would let her know that you’re lookign for a new job and it might affect your ability to be her nanny.  You will stay as long as you can and you will keep her in the loop as much as possible. 

    I would go so far as to offer to help her interview new candiates if you want, you know her kid(s) well, offer to have candidates shadow with you if you think it would help her!


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