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

Job ResponsibilitiesFor 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, people talk, conversations can be over heard or the feeling of being in a new, long term setting is lacking.  Very quickly, this new member of the Household Staff gets the feeling they’ve been mislead……. as to the true “stability” of their new job.  A new worker will feel as if they’ve been taken for granted.  True professionals are not naive.  Though being complemented on how well their doing, they will see and feel there is a predetermined, termination.  A situation like this is always best to avoid.  It can be very unsettling to existing staff and of course, the new person is not a happy camper.  They may have left a stable job, to take on this new position.  Possibly, they’ve chosen this temporary situation over a true “permanent, long term position.”

In this most “unique” of Employer/Employee environments……. the Household, it’s always best to be clear from the get go.  There are always excellent, skilled Housekeepers, Nanny’s, Chefs, etc., who would agree to a short-term arrangement.  An Employer may  pay a slightly higher wage or even a Temp Fee to an Agency…..but it is better to be open & candid.


Glenn Scott Greenhouse

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Glenn Greenhouse
Glenn began in the “family business” more than 30 years ago, by coming to work for his Father, Martin Greenhouse. He often recounts how nervous he was, when at 19 years old his Father forced him to pick up the phone and speak with David Suskind. This was to be the first of dozens of phone calls and meetings to come for Glenn……with Celebrity Clientele. Glenn considers himself very fortunate to have spent his life working at a job he truly loves and as he puts it: “earn a comfortable living at the same time.”
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  • Avatar Park says:

    I quite agree.I find that is not the case in the organisation I work for, but that is down to their mnaegament inexperience and poor role models they have.I try, where I can, to guide them.

    • Avatar Rama says:

      I’ve read the Good Nanny Book twice once when I first started loonkig for a nanny in 2003 and again this year. After having 2 wonderful nannies who stayed for a combined 6 years, we went through 4 nannies in a year and I felt I needed a refresher on how to find someone who would stick. The book is a good starter text for someone who has no idea how to select an employee, but the advise details are clearly showing their age. For example, there’s lots of reference to mailing out application forms and having the nanny mail them back. A nanny who doesn’t have Internet access is going to have issues dealing with a 21st century child. There’s also a great deal of text devoted to posting positions in newspapers. The idea is solid and the rules apply more or less to electronic posting, but I would not recommend placing paper ads unless (again) you want people who don’t have access to a computer. The book focuses on the process of choosing and managing a live-in nanny, and while that is presumably a harder search, there’s quite a bit missing about finding a nanny who can be relied upon to show up every morning when her commute is longer than a staircase. I also think there’s a great call for sourcing and interviewing part-time nannies for those of us who have school-aged children and demanding jobs. The selection process is no less important, and the pool of qualified applicants is considerably slimmer. I understand that this author is drawing on her own experiences and those of families she interviewed, but the sample size is very homogeneous. It would have been more helpful to look at the array of nanny options rather than to focus exclusively on a full-on, live-in caregiver who needs constant management. That is, unless she is a Nanny from Heaven.

    • Avatar Heidi says:

      I cannot tell a lie, that really hleepd.

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  • Thank you for posting the blog about domestic staffing. Please tell me how i can apply online? If you would like to reply as soon as possible. I will be wait for your reply.

  • Avatar Pendo says:

    Im a live in caregiver prarogm, Im a married canadian citizen. visa is already expiry, my question is. if i have a employer wants me sponsors? its is possible me and get a new working permit?

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