Cold and flu season is here. From the sniffles and sneezes I hear around the office, I know the employees at Care.com are fighting some bugs. It makes me wonder: What is your sick day policy with your nanny?
I know some families don’t want a sick nanny to come to work – and then infect the kids. Other families say to stay home only if their nanny absolutely can’t come in. And I even know one family who provides vitamins for their nanny in an attempt to boost her immune system (feels a little intrusive, right?).
No matter what, you should really have a sick plan for the day your nanny needs to stay in bed – and you need to get to work. Here at Care.com, we recommend having a Back up Care Plan of sitters (including college sitters) in your neighborhood who could help you out at the last-minute. The trick however, is to interview them when everyone is healthy.
Tip: A back up plan comes in handy on snowy days too, when your nanny might get snowed in or school is cancelled – and you have to get some work done. But for this list, you’ll want to find people who could walk to your house, take public transportation or who don’t have a problem driving in the snow. (Get tips on creating a snow day care plan)
In the meantime, I wish you a happy and healthy winter. Do you have any tips on warding off viruses? I’m a believer in Good Belly probiotic juice drinks and gargling with salt water when I feel run down. I also practice deep breathing when I get stressed out. What are your cold and flu fighters?