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Money is always tough to talk about whether you’re applying for a job or looking for a raise. But it also has the potential to be the Number 1 conflict you’ll face in your work, so it’s an important thing to think about!
If you’re looking for a job and feel like the potential employer isn’t offering enough money, you need to talk salary before you take the position. Although it can be a hard thing to do during the interview process (you don’t want to lose the job before you’ve even landed it), you’ll need to clear up those issues right away. After your first interview but before everything’s finalized, make sure you’re on the same page in terms of pay.
If you’ve had a job for a while, you might be thinking about asking for a raise. Before you do, make sure you’ve done your research. Know the going rate for providers in your area (if you’re a babysitter, you can check the Care.com Babysitter Pay Calculator). If you have new certifications or qualifications (like CPR or tutoring) that you’re using in your job, make sure your employers are aware of that. Or if you’ve hit a milestone in employment (typically one year), it might be time to ask for a raise. Whatever you do, back up your request with the facts and don’t just ask for more money. It’s easier to make an argument in your favor if you have some tangible support!
When you’re going to talk about money, plan in advance about what you’ll to say, how much you’ll ask for, and what you’ll accept to start or stay on the job.
If you work for an hourly wage, then you’re compensated for working overtime or extra hours. But some care providers (particularly nannies, babysitters, and pet sitters) earn a weekly or monthly salary and they’re not paid for working extra.
When you feel like you’re working more than you should be, talk to your employer. Be respectful, but let them understand that you either would like to be compensated for the extra work or that you have other responsibilities outside of your job that you have to look after. If you’re calm, clear, and collected with what you say, they should understand you and work with you towards a solution.
Before you take a job, make sure you’ve laid out your hours and work schedule with your boss. If you have that in place in advance, it’ll make conversations like this one that much easier in the future.
Sometimes at a job, you start taking on new and greater responsibilities. But you also shouldn’t have to do everything! If you feel like you’re being asked to do more and more at your job, speak up! Go over what tasks you agreed to look after when you started. If the family you’re working for needs you to do more, you may want to ask about extra pay for that extra work.
Finding a New Job (Asking for References)
If you’re thinking about finding a new job or know that your current one is about to end, you should take the opportunity to ask your employer for a reference. Having someone who speaks highly of you can go a long way toward finding a new job.
But this can be a touchy subject, too. You don’t want to give your boss two weeks’ notice and simultaneously ask them to recommend you to other families. Rather, you should inform them that you’ll be leaving (always give as much notice as possible) and offer to work with them to find your replacement. If they accept your decision and you have a solid relationship, it’s then okay to ask for a reference.
Hopefully, these tips help you work through these tough situations! We know how hard they can be.
What types of conflicts have you had with employers? How did you work to solve them quickly and constructively? What advice would you give fellow care providers?
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