Received Friday, September 26, 2008. - Perspective & Opinion
My contract ends soon and my employers have told me they'd like me to renew. After my first year I asked for and was denied a raise on the basis that it wasn't in their childcare budget. I'm the kind of person who needs to be recognized monetarily to have a happy working environment and a continued interest in doing my job well. I don't need THIS particular job as much now as I did same time last year, because my husband is working now too.
I feel like I might have a renewed energy for this family if they offered me a good raise and/or some fabulous perks. Basically all I get now is paid, paid on the books, paid on time, paid when they don't need me (their vacation, sometimes when they come home early, and most major holidays), and 3 sick days that evaporate into nothing if I don't use them. I did get a Christmas bonus smaller than a week's pay, but never anything for my birthday.
I don't mean to sound greedy, I just absolutely feel they are doing the least possible to keep me around, even though they SAY they want me to stay. This situation, unlike with my previous families, is just a job to me. I do my best to love the kids and raise them well, and we have tons of fun and learn a lot from each other, but I have absolutely no connection with the parents.
I'm inches from not renewing my contract. I have a few weeks to figure this all out, so any advice you can give I will take to heart. I'm interested in:
1. what kind of perks it might be okay to ask for/what you think I deserve after a full two years of loyal and excellent childcare for two children in NYC
2. out-of-the-ordinary perks like gym membership...what else have you heard of?
3. whether I should keep this job? with the craziness of the economy, is it hard to find a good nanny job right now?
4. Should I tell my employers that I may become pregnant in the coming year and work maternity leave into the contract?
My husband and I are planning to start a family in the next year and I'm struggling with the uncertainty - I'll definitely still need to work, at least for a while, when I'm a mother. My current work situation seems like adding a baby to my regular workday would work out fine. I wonder if my baby would be welcome to come with me or if at that point they'd want a new nanny.
Which of these things do you think I should address with them at our inevitable yearly meeting? Thanks so much for your help. I look forward to your responses