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More Bonus Talk...

Received Saturday, December 20, 2008
Perspective & Opinion I am a Nanny and I recently got my Christmas bonus from the family I've been working with for the past 11 months. I know a lot of you are going to say that I should be thankful for getting a bonus in these hard times. But I was wondering how much bonus should one get? What is the appropriate amount to give a Nanny? Is it based on length of time at the job or your experience? One week pay or two weeks pay?

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19 comments:

lauren said...

My Christmas bonus was $300 and my weekly pay is $470

Maybe your employer, no name please said...

I don't get a bonus for doing my job, nor do I expect one, but I am expected to give one to the door man, to the postal delivery person, the nanny, the house staff, the paper delivery boy, the bell ringer, and his little dog, too. Times are hard for everyone and I am lucky to have a job. I have taken a pay cut to keep my job and my savings in the market have tumbled. And yet I am still expected to be as generous with everyone as I have been in the past. Giving seems like a one way street this holiday season with the people I employ expecting even more from me than before. I will dole out the goodies, but at the cost of not exchanging gifts with my friends.

i love isyn said...

No, No, No!!
Please save your answers for the survey! I want to read them all at once! A lot of people do. It "spoils" it! :)

The best part about the survey to me is when everyone elaborates on the extras, and whether or not they were happy with what they got. Last year, there were some really unhappy campers!

I love the Xmas Bonus survey!!!

carla said...

me, too. its almost like peeking into someone elses life, almost sinful! lol

Sarah said...

The xmas bonus survey is the best part of this site.

Not rolling in dough myself said...

Maybe your employer, no name please

"I don't get a bonus for doing my job, nor do I expect one, but I am expected to give one to the door man, to the postal delivery person, the nanny, the house staff, the paper delivery boy, the bell ringer, and his little dog, too."

I always just floors me when someone who obviously enjoys a much higher standard of living than the people who's work makes her life so comfortable whines about tipping and giving bonuses.
Happy Holidays

Maybe your employer said...

Be floored all you want. I am one step away from welfare. Then what? Will you take a pay cut to stay with me? Times are tough all over and you may think I am rolling in the dough, but it is stressful to be responsible for other people's livlihood at this time.

Give me a break said...

No one just one step away from welfare has a nanny, let alone a door man. I call BS. Anyone else?

Maybe your employer said...

So if/when the pink slip comes and I already admitted my savings have taken a hit, what am I using to make the house payment? Where do I get the food to put on the table? Are you really that niave to believe when I don't have a job that I am any different than you? We are a nation living on credit and I am no different than many of you. I just happened to make a really great paycheck when times were good. Call B.S. all you want. I was trying to be honest from an employer perspective. I wasn't expecting sympathy, just tryingn to put out there what might be going on with the person on the otherside of the table.

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12:30AM re-post for Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I got more this year from my previous employer than I will probably get from the family I've been with 2 years. Am I greedy or is it just me who would rather get cash or at least a gift certificate than set of cheap dishes?

12:30 AM
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Just me said...

Maybe Your Employer... I completely understand where you're coming from. Over the years, I've been up and I've been down. People who have never had a lot have a very hard time understanding, but it truly is all relative.

The more you make, the more you spend (nannies, housekeepers, the people who do your hair & nails, the massage therapist and the yoga instructor - all the people whose living depends on your ability to pay for their services). And when the money stops coming in, the the consequences are even farther reaching (laying off all the people whose living depended on your ability to pay). The bottom line is that going forward, you have just as little as the person who never had much to begin with.

and I'm not rich said...

Christmas giving is a total load [of poop].

Suzie O. said...

OK maybe your employer, here is what you need to do.

Move out of the doorman building, put your child in daycare, cancel the newspaper delivery, let the house staff go and take care of it yourself.

By the way, why are you complaining about tipping the doorman in one post, and referring to house payments in another?

just a thought said...

I have In-laws that live in a door-man-type building, and they have said house payment (or just mortgage payment). I've also heard others refer to these high-rise condos as apartments (yeah, right! to me, apartments are 2-3 BR/1 bath and not-so-big, usually)!
I think saying "condo payment" sounds complicated and snobby. JMO, anyway.

Em said...

No one has touched on the fact that 'MAYBE YOUR EMPLOYER' said that she could afford to give the bonuses, in lieu of giving her friends gifts...lol.
This really just shows the kind of person you are; now tell me, who is more in need; your 'friends' or your employees?
Sure, why don't you go ahead and buy those senseless needless gifts for your friends, who I'm almost sure don't need anything anyway.
Giving to one's wealthy friends is more social than it is charitable.

I suggest if you cannot afford to tip your 'help' then perhaps like some people mentioned , you should seriously rethink having help.

How can one, who employs such an impressive amount of staff live paycheck to paycheck? How can you be one paycheck away from welfare?
There is only one answer, you are living way above your means.

I am a nanny and I do not live paycheck to paycheck, and I'm certainly not one paycheck away from homelessness.
Is that an effort to live like the Jones' syndrome? whatever are your friends going to think when they don't get the obligatory gifts this year?
Will you be down one rung in the social ladder?

I know you probably had not looked at it this way, and I'm simply saying it's time to start.
During this Christmas season, think more about those who would be more appreciative and who really need the help

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11:58PM RE-POST for Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I received no bonus. I am the household manager of two boys full time and I live outside the home. Been with them for 6 months. I work 50 hours per week and get $10 per hour. It's disgusting how unappreciated I am.

11:58 PM

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