How to request a raise

Requesting a raise is a topic you want to handle delicately. It’s important to be assertive, realistic, organized, and professional. 

A nanny review is imperative and a tool that can help when you are requesting a raise. A nanny review should cover:

Childcare tasks. Attention to safety a daily focus? Are age-appropriate activities offered along with encouraging development? Successful with daily tasks- feedings, meal prep, attention to hygiene? Following parents’ wishes, parenting style and discipline methods?

Work environment. Is a positive, enthusiastic work environment implemented?

Work habits. Arriving to work on time ready to work? Reliable and dependable? How are the communication skills?

Job performance. Are the daily responsibilities completed? Taking initiative, going above and beyond or completing just what’s requested by the family?

Areas of excellence. This topic is going to be something you’ll want to focus on when making your points for why you deserve a raise.

Areas of improvements. Ask the family for feedback and constructive criticism.

How much and why. Realistically, what would you like to offer/ask for and why? Typical raises are fifty cents to a dollar more per hour annually. If the expectations of the job have changed (I.E., more tasks, increased hours, etc.) it’s appropriate to request a raise sooner than the year anniversary. When a nanny review is positive, it provides evidence a raise is appropriate. If expectations are not met, reevaluate if a raise is suitable. Be clear about what the request is or what’s offered. Save the guessing game and be precise! This will make it much easier for everyone!

How and when to make a request. You don’t have to start off with a formal sit down. You might get nervous or talk too much resulting in the wrong impression. There is nothing wrong with clearly and thoughtfully outlining your thoughts in an email. Give your employer the time to consider and process your request. Then set a day and time to discuss it in more detail. Setting a timeline will also give your employer the opportunity to conduct the appropriate reviews.

Don’t spring a raise request on a parent at 5:15 pm when they walk through the door. 

Don’t expect an answer right away. An answer within a few days- yes, but not on the spot. 

Don’t ask for a raise every few months. A family is likely to feel burned out at that point and even nervous the requests will keep coming.

Remember this:

Keep it short and sweet. Don’t let get lost in specifics of the reviews. Instead, let the review speak for itself.

Avoid mentioning life circumstances. Adding emotion will take away from the professionalism and often viewed negatively. No one wants to hear the “whoa-is-me,” my car needs new tires, they raised my rent, my kid’s baseball costs increased, blah, blah, blah. We all have expenses, and I’m sure we can all justify why we think we should have more money in our pockets. Talk about those things with a friend, not your employer or employee.