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How much notice, if any, would you give your cleaner?

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ScaredyDog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:10:41

Don't know what to do. We have a lady clean for us every week. She's done nothing wrong, I've just decided that it's making me lazy and I've on weight since I've stopped cleaning like I used to it's an unnecessary luxury.

I'd feel mean if we didn't give any notice, but I don't know what to do. Would a week's notice be ok? Or should OH pop back to the house when she's here to say we don't need her any more when she clean after this week?

Nixea Tue 14-Jun-11 20:12:03

Was there any kind of contract exchanged or was it a casual thing? If it was just a casual verbal agreement then I would say 1 week was fine but certainly no less. No notice at all would be very unfair to your cleaner.

nethunsreject Tue 14-Jun-11 20:12:39

You ought to give notice, yes, of course.

Didn't you have a contract?

Personally I'd give 4 weeks.

smudgethepuppydog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:14:50

I think a month's notice would be best but if you pay her weekly she might accept a week's notice.

HettyAmaretti Tue 14-Jun-11 20:14:52

I had to let my cleaner go because we couldn't afford her any more. It didn't occur to me to give her less TBH.

sausagesandmarmelade Tue 14-Jun-11 20:15:51

Agree with 4 weeks

HettyAmaretti Tue 14-Jun-11 20:15:58

Erm, eh? I gave her a month's notice. It didn't occur to me to give her less TBH.

smudgethepuppydog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:16:06

It would be cowardly to let her clean this week then tell her you don't need her anymore imo.

ScaredyDog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:17:36

No, no contract. Just money in her hand.

I've said give her a week's notice, DP said he would ring her and just say this would be her last week.

Nixea Tue 14-Jun-11 20:18:46

Not giving her any notice at all is a pretty shitty thing to do to someone IMHO. At least have the decency to give her some warning.

ZillionChocolate Tue 14-Jun-11 20:19:51

I try to give at least two week's notice just for holidays. If you can afford it then I would want to give a month.

Jonnyfan Tue 14-Jun-11 20:19:54

I think a month would be fair, although you could agree to less if she finds another place to clean. She might really need the money so she needs time to find another place.

nethunsreject Tue 14-Jun-11 20:21:16

Well, I hope your employer treats you better than you want to treat her.

Pandemoniaa Tue 14-Jun-11 20:21:28

If you could afford to keep your cleaner but have chosen to let her go because you feel she's an unnecessary luxury then you owe her the decency of 4 weeks notice. To get a phone call from your DP telling her that she's history at the end of the week is pretty shitty, tbh.

ScaredyDog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:23:28

Thanks for your opinions. Will give her two weeks I think and some extra money.

nethunsreject Tue 14-Jun-11 20:23:31

Yes, Pandemonium. Completely agree.

If it is not because you have no money to pay her, then you should do the decent thing and give notice.

nethunsreject Tue 14-Jun-11 20:23:54

Fair play to you!

chelstonmum Tue 14-Jun-11 20:24:02

4 weeks is the decent thing to do.

Give her time to try and replace the hours lost with someone else and not be out of pocket this month, she may rely on the money. Also, as you have said, she has done nothing wrong.

HettyAmaretti Tue 14-Jun-11 20:24:22

Well, that's 10 out of 10 for starting a thread and totally ignoring all the advice given on it. Well done.

Do what you like. It will come back and bite you on the bum if it's not the right and fair thing though.

ScaredyDog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:26:00

Tbh I wouldn't expect her to give me any notice if she couldn't clean for us any longer. I was asking for opinions, thanks for them smile

HettyAmaretti Tue 14-Jun-11 20:26:08

Good x posting from me there.

Still thinks she deserves a month's notice though. I have to skip meals to do that for our cleaner, I wou;dn't have had it any other w`y.

HettyAmaretti Tue 14-Jun-11 20:26:38

and again


ScaredyDog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:26:44

And HettyAmaretti, I'll give her two weeks notice and some extra cash as a thank you, which will make it up to nearly four weeks wages, don't think there was any need for you to be so nasty.

trixymalixy Tue 14-Jun-11 20:27:11

4 weeks notice is the right thing to do.

ScaredyDog Tue 14-Jun-11 20:28:32

Fair enough, HettyAmaretti, you xposted. I was saying what I planned to do in my second post, you guys made me change my mind smile

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