Our much loved nanny of 5+ years has resigned, saying she hates to do it, has always been happy with us, but has been offered more money and a longer-running job with a family she knows. Our youngest will be at school in two years (2016). I had hoped she would consider part time hours after that, but it sounds like she wants one more full-time five-year job before retiring. I am offering to match any money. Any other ideas on how I can convince her to stay?
I don't think you can change her mind if she want to have another five year run. It sounds as though she just wants a change. It is never as bad as you think it is going to be. I hated any of them leaving, but the next ones usually turned out to be just as nice. So relax, give her a nice parting present and say she is always welcome at your house and get on with selecting the next one. Xx
You could match the money and offer her more than just part time hours if she would consider doing more of a house keeper role (if you can afford it). It does seem like a lot of disruption for you but as said above, no doubt you will find someone else great.
Good luck. I have the occasional nightmare about our nanny resigning, as she is so great for us!
I just wish she could see out her time with us. She knows she is cutting it short (she has held other jobs until the children were at school, and has been a housekeeper too), and leaving our not quite 3 year old daughter in a tricky spot. (She has a language development/speech problem and is extremely shy and fearful of new people.)
I'm going to make a last ditch effort tonight. I'm also not that chuffed about the way she resigned - to my partner this morning. And then I had to call her. (she apologised for doing it this way though.)
Look at it this way she has spent a lovely 5years with you guys and clearly become one of the family. She has obviously thought it through and must feel it's the right time to move on. But seriously don't take it personally at the end of the day she is an still an employee I think that's what you still need to remember and everyone has the right to move on. I'm sure if she is as lovely as you think I'm sure she still want to see you guys on occasions if she does end up leaving.
Really try hard not to make this personal. It's so hard as a nanny to leave as it is. She isn't doing this to hurt you or put you in a difficult situation. As said above. You can offer to match the offer, and I'd ask her nicely but openly if there is anything that has made her want to move on, are there issues etc? It may be something has been niggling her a while and she has gotten fed up and wants to move on. Ultimately she may have made her decision and is ready to go.. If so.. a nice leaving present, a warm hug and good terms is the best way forward.
It may well be true that she wants to get one more five year stint in before retiring, and if you have already indicated that you will want her to go part time in a couple of years, she may know that will not suit her but fear that her prospects of getting a suitable new job later for only three years are uncertain. Certainly if she has had a good offer now, you must understand why she might take it. I think you need to look at it from her point of view and not take it personally. There may be other factors which are making the decision to leave easier - you could try asking her if anything you could change would make a difference, but if it is just a better fit to her personal requirements that is just the way it is. It's not like she's walked out without notice in the middle of a crisis.
Bear in mind it can be very hard for a nanny to find a time to resign when the children aren't there, nobody is in a rush, etc etc. There probably wasn't a good way to do it really, and at least this way you can think about what to say before you see her.
Also bear in mind for her own security she may well have signed a contract, and likely has been agonising about the move: there may not be anything you can do. I'm sure its nothing personal: in the end if it ensures she doesn't have a period of months looking for the right "last job" you can see why it is attractive to her, however hard it will be for her to leave.
thanks everyone. I do understand her thinking, now that I've become a little less hysterical (was teary eyed most of yesterday) and it sounds like a plum assignment. It's for one of her former charges, who now has her own baby and wants the nanny to help raise it and future children.
It's just so tough - she is like family. She has helped us raise our children and they love her. We've had very little friction over the years and I've always felt very lucky to have found her. And now it's over .... sob.
I guess the only thing that may persuade her to stay is 5yrs more guaranteed with you & at the same rate of pay as the new job for those 5yrs. Probably a very expensive way of keeping her though (& she still might not accept even if you did offer this).