11 February, 2013
I thought the recession was over
I have a horrible dilemma to share with you. I have worked for a family for five and a half years, since the birth of their first child. I work M-F from 8-6, always. This morning, both parents returned home at 9AM. They hadn't been to work but went to breakfast in town and returned when I had just the youngest to speak to me. This put me off right away because like I said, I have worked for them for five and a half years and the first three, I lived in their home. So I tried to prepare myself, but, it was even worse than I thought. They started by thanking me for all my years of service and telling me how much I meant to them personally. Then they said they had a business problem to deal with as they looked at managing costs over this next year in particular. (?). He apologized and said our relationship never felt like business, and that this was hard for him. He says he has contacted two nanny agencies to inquire about hiring a nanny to work from 1-8, Monday through Saturday. They said that they had gotten costs estimates. In respect for our relationship, they would "half the difference" between what I make and what they would pay brand new nanny. (For example, if I made $1200K and the replacement nanny made $900, they would split the difference for me at $1050 as my new salary) but I would need to work the same proposed hours, because this is the arrangement that would best serve their family. This family knows my personal life. They know I am now a single parent with a two year old myself. I feel so hurt because they went behind my back and looked into so many things without so much as a warning to me that my job was in jeopardy. I feel like they know I couldn't work those hours, too. I almost wonder if they proposed those hours just to make sure I didn't want to stay on. But I am so emotional right now, I don't know what to think. You said you would get this up on the site right away, so please do. I can't even begin to process this. I ended with a very strained but polite, "you've given me a lot to think about." Then they gave me the rest of the day off. I am so confused. I don't even understand the money thing because they just planned a trip to Maldives for Spring Break and no expense was spared.
at 3:48 PM