Written by Brooke Strickland for Nannies Plus

With the beginning of the new year on the horizon, it’s a good time to start fresh by talking about performance. 

Many families choose to provide an end-of-year employment review for their professional nanny, family assistant, or newborn care specialist. Here are a few tips to set the tone for this important conversation.

What should you discuss during your nanny or family assistant’s review? 

The performance review discussion should include highlights of your nanny or family assistant’s strengths and accomplishments, goal-setting, and a plan for any areas of improvement. You can also talk about any changes that need to be made to the work agreement or changes to job responsibilities at this time. If you’re satisfied with your household employee’s job performance, it’s a great idea to recognize your appreciation with a raise!  

What is the standard raise requirement? 

A standard, annual cost-of-living raise is 3-6%. If you want to use the raise to communicate how pleased you are with your nanny or family assistant’s performance and commitment to your family, a higher percentage to reflect merit is common.

Should you also give an end-of-year bonus

Many families choose to provide their nanny or family assistant with a year-end bonus to say thank you for their work throughout the year. Providing a cash bonus acknowledges that you value and respect your employee.

While a cash bonus is the most common option, some families choose to provide gift cards or extra paid days off to thank their nanny or family assistant. Keep in mind that all holiday bonuses–or any other bonuses that you choose to provide throughout the year–are considered taxable income and need to be reported properly. Doing so ensures you stay within tax compliance.

If you are unsure how to properly calculate bonuses into your nanny’s wages, talk to a household payroll specialist to make sure you get it right. Nannies Plus partners exclusively with HomeWork Solutions to help family teams pay their nannies and family assistants accurately. 

If you are looking for a new professional nanny or family assistant in Sonoma County, San Francisco, East Bay, or Marin, call us today to start the search. We look forward to helping you find the right person to join your family team.