Ever wondered what perks or benefits you can extend to your caregiver?
In order to understand our recommendations, it’s important to know what your full-time nanny is entitled to: her salary 52 weeks of the year, 2 weeks’ paid vacation, the appropriate number of breaks as set out by Labor Standards and overtime pay above 40-44 hours of work/week (varies from province to province). If she is a live-in caregiver under the government sponsorship program, she’s also entitled to 5 working days/week (flexibility and additional overtime are acceptable), a fully furnished bedroom with a lock on the door, access to a bathroom and the appropriate number of rest periods as set by Labor Standards.
While those are rather basic, this means you can offer her easy incentives and perks that will make her feel encouraged, appreciated and happy.
Ultimately, what benefits you offer will be up to you. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day madness and chaos, but don’t forget to thank your caregiver for all she does for your family. This individual will be living in your home and caring for the most important people in your life — we always recommend our families show their caregiver respect, love and kindness. Offer her a bonus when she’s earned it, praise her for her work and offer her constructive feedback when necessary.
A little generosity on your part will have long-lasting and incredible results in the long run.
November 3, 2014
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