Post # 1
I am looking for a new job currently, and under normal circumstances, I would never tell my employer that. However, I currently am a nanny at 1 job and the other is for a very small company (5 employees total). At my nanny job, I work for a single mom to a school age child. At the other, I only work one shift a week, but they’re counting on me to fill in some shifts soon. Part of me feels like I should just give notice, but I can’t risk going without income either, since I don’t actually have a job yet. At the same time, I don’t want to screw them over, but I don’t want to screw myself either.
Post # 3
@Laurenplusalex: The requirement is typically 2 weeks notice. That’s all you have to give them!
Post # 4
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
@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 # 6
@julies1949: that’s true. I was just concerned because, given the nature of my job, people generally want you to start right away, yet give notice when you leave. But you’re right, I have to protect myself first
Post # 7
@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 # 8
@BeckyS0: my boss likely wouldn’t, at least at my primary job. At the other one, he might do that rather than be left with nobody
Post # 9
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
@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!
Post # 11
@moderndaisy: Both jobs are part time, and I would leave one or both depending on how hours changed. If I found something full time, then yes, I would leave both. I have an interview lined up, but I understand it’s far from a done deal. I don’t want to do to this family what your nanny did to you, though