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Having Tough Skin as a Domestic Professional
 
  Having Tough Skin as a Domestic Professional

Tough Skin. What is that exactly? Well, the dictionary says it means “not easily offended”. Sometimes, people call us to say they are looking for someone that has “tough skin”. Or a candidate will say they have “tough skin”. I often wonder how much someone that says they have tough skin can take before it becomes totally disrespectful, demeaning and ill-mannered. To me, tough skin could mean someone being able to take someone snapping at them or criticizing their work in a blunt manner. It could also mean that every now and then they can take someone screaming at them [ Read the rest…]

 
24 Things Every Nanny Knows To Be True – So Funny!
 
  24 Things Every Nanny Knows

Every nanny and childcare provider has experienced similar funny situations with children. It could be anything from watching them make funny faces while sleeping, hearing them say really funny things, watching them with their pets, etc. Children are truly honest, loving, and funny. This “24 Things Every Nanny Knows To Be True” is so funny because it captures some moments that we all can relate to. We hope that upon viewing, you will share some of your funny and favorite moments with your kids!! We are sharing this laughter with all our Nannies and anyone that deals with kids! Please [ Read the rest…]

 
Nanny Wars: It’s A Chore When The Household Staff Goes Mad
 
  Nanny Wars

In an ideal world, household staff will all get along. But when clashes arise over who left the kitchen a mess or who is getting preferential treatment from the parents, all hell can break loose. Lesley Kring thought she had the perfect nanny gig: A $75,000 salary, generous health benefits and vacation time, even her own pool house on the family’s Rye, N.Y., estate. She had such a close, loving relationship with the four children in her charge that she was often mistaken for their mother. Ms. Kring was excited when she learned the stay-at-home mom she worked for wanted [ Read the rest…]

 
The Dog Came Out Of Nowhere… and the Candidate Ran From The Interview!!!
 
 

All was going as good as could be. Julie was being interviewed by Mr. & Mrs. French. The three were chatting for about 45 minutes. Mom & Dad even brought their cute 4 year old to meet and talk to Julie. All were very relaxed, with Julie going over her past experience and answering all questions asked. Mr. & Mrs. French had already begun to think about a start date. They liked Julie. They can tell she knew her job, was sincere and liked the questions she had asked. All was going as good as could be. Julie was being [ Read the rest…]

 
The Mariah Carey Interview
 
  2015 job seekers guide

Can’t say I know all the details but I do know a job is a job. Which means you follow your boss’s instructions. If avoiding a “motherly nurturing relationship” is the wish of the Mom who’s most probably paying a generous salary?……So be it. I’m in the Domestic/Household Staffing Biz for 30+ years. I’ve seen it all. From what has become apparent, a Nanny working for Mariah Carey must always be sure to constantly remind her/his charges: “Mommy Loves You and will be home very soon.” “I am not your Mommy I work for your family and my job is [ Read the rest…]

 
HAPPY NEW YEAR – TO ALL OUR FRIENDS!!!
 
 

Hoping, you are enjoying the Holiday Season & wish you only the very best!We extend with heartfelt sincerity, for you to have a Healthy, Happy & Fun New Year. As we enter the New Year, we at Greenhouse Agency are excited about the year ahead and are thrilled to have been able to help 400+…… This includes the hundreds of Job Seekers who are now happily employed and the hundreds of families/households whose positions we successfully filled! With optimism, we are sure the “New Year” brings you & your family “peace and happiness.”May the “best of 2013, be the worst [ Read the rest…]

 
A Holiday Message From Greenhouse Agency!
 
  Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving | Greenhouse Staffing Agency

Fall is gone and Winter is here….. and of Course we are all now in the Holiday Season. Greenhouse Agency would like to wish all a Happy, Fun & Grateful “Thanksgiving Celebration.” Our Staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you for calling on us this past year, to assist with you Domestic/Household Staffing Needs or your Search For That Perfect Job! Please Remember we are always available to help with any type of “Staff” you could find yourself needing throughout this time of year! Should you be a Job-Seeker or thinking of making a change, please reach [ Read the rest…]

 
If only Employers of “Personal Service Staff” would be clear about their expectations and the job…..what a wonderful world it would be????
 
  Job Responsibilities

I’ve found the majority of my clients have found (learned) ways of making tons of money…. but along with this comes the “Frankenstein”…… the 15,000 + sq ft house or apartment. The 2nd and 3rd (many times more) properties. Boats, planes and a fleet of cars. But these are still family units, with the same basic needs of all families, compounded now with complications of all the toys mentioned above. It’s a “monster” resulting from hard work, success & choice of lifestyle. Now eight or more bathrooms need cleaning, four or more beds need be stripped and made if not [ Read the rest…]

 
Short Term / Temporary Staff — Summer is Right Around the Corner!!!!!
 
  Job Responsibilities

For many Employer’s of Household/Domestic Staff, this is the time of year when additional workers are needed.   Though not needing a permanent employee, the same quality & skill-set is essential. References, background and personality component must still be of the level of a “long term” candidate being considered.  The best way to be assured of having expectations met…… is to be up front, in the beginning, about the “temporary nature” of the job. We have seen many family’s indicate they are hiring for a permanent position.  A new member of the “team” comes on board.  In all work environments, [ Read the rest…]

 
Greenhouse’s definition of “Chauffeured Transportation”
 
 

Since we do not have; “beam me up Scotty” yet…….Chauffeured Transportation would be the following, at a minimum: 1. Availability at Bosses request, when and where needed. 2. Transport safely & comfortably by a FOCUSED, SECURITY-CONSCIOUS INDIVIDUAL. 3. Transport from point A to point B in as fast a time possible, utilizing knowledge of routes & destination, various construction/movie-shoots/closed streets, along w traffic conditions. 4. Driver must be “Secret Service” type; see’s nothing, hears nothing, repeats nothing, remembers nothing…..with the common sense to do something should he/she realize someone in vehicle is having a heart attack or other medical issue. [ Read the rest…]

 
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