I am going to be very straightforward. We have a crisis of commitment in the workforce today. I would prefer to avoid stereotypes but there is a glaring issue that we need to address. As an agency we receive phone calls from families daily to inquire about the process of finding and hiring nannies, housekeepers and household managers who are willing to be committed to their family and overall job duties. Georgia’s Dream Nannies has a wonderful track-record (almost 15-years) placing domestic staff into homes who are committed to their families. We are proud of our success and want to THANK each one of you who have been apart of our agency through the years. We are here to help encourage you to take the next step to commit to a wonderful family for the long-run by providing you with helpful tips (read our blog each week) on interviewing, dressing the part, landing and keeping your domestic staffing job.
Commitment – Where do you stand?
Maribeth and I were recounting our days as young teenage babysitters. We each spent a summer babysitting for a single family all day long while the parents worked. We were not able to drive ourselves yet, so we were stuck at the family’s house day after day, responsible for meals, entertainment, chores, and the children’s safety. Each day we sacrificed time with our friends, sleeping in, having the opportunity to complain to our mother’s that we were bored, all so that we could earn money and help another family out. The interesting thing we realized was it never crossed our minds to complain about that. It was just something we did. We got up, we went to work and we handled our responsibilities. We were rewarded with money and increased maturity. We showed up every single day. We handled the daily routine and all that comes with watching children every single day.
- You may not be as committed to your job if you find yourself saying “I couldn’t go to work because I just needed a day. No, I wasn’t sick, I just needed a day to myself.”
- You may not be as committed to your job if you find yourself saying “Those kids are a pain.”
- You may not be as committed to your job if you find yourself saying “The family is a pain and the mother is driving me nuts.”
- You may not be as committed to your job if you find yourself saying “Well, I was just keeping my options open and another family offered me more money. (After making a commitment to a family).”
- You may not be as committed to your job if you find yourself saying “I can’t make it to work on time because I’m not a morning person.”
The stark reality is every single working person feels this way. We wish we could just take a day to do nothing. The work is hard, the people we work with are challenging. We all want to end up in a financially successful situation and we all wish we could put ourselves first.
There is GOOD news for you
In 2018 allow me to encourage you to think in a broader sense. You have chosen to work in a household staffing industry. You are providing a service to others as opposed to goods. You have the ability to change lives, impact an entire family. It’s time to commit to your job and stop making excuses.