Imagine coming home after a hard day to a pristine house and dinner artfully prepared, greeted at the door by a welcoming face with a cocktail in hand.
With the rise of busier schedules and successful entrepreneurs comes the increased need for domestic help. Not just for the affluent, incorporating assistance at home is crucial to maintaining many households, whether a busy family in the suburbs, professionals in a downtown condo or a retired couple in their country estate.
So how do you go about hiring a butler, household manager, nanny or maid? It can be overwhelming so we asked Greycoat Placements, a domestic placement agency out of the UK, to give us some tips on making the right hire. These are areas they consider when helping their clients find appropriate staff, so whether you hire a professional agency or choose to interview on your own, consider their Top 10 list.
TOP 10 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL RECRUITING:
1 Take a long look at your every day routine and think carefully about what duties you want to have completed by members of staff – those things you cannot realistically manage yourself or do not want to do yourself! This will help you gauge whether you need full time or part time staff, live in or live out, and so on.
2. Make sure you have a proper job description and discuss this with potential employees during the interview stage to be sure it does not contain duties they are unwilling or unable to do.
3. Interview potential employees carefully. You or an agency can select staff matching your requirements. Often an agency’s experience and expertise will help them select some ideal candidates, but at the end of the day it comes down to chemistry. After all, the staff will be working in your home and it has to ‘feel’ right.
4. Make sure you follow up references for your own peace of mind.
5. Time is often a key factor when seeking staff – try to be prepared and plan ahead. For example, if you know you will need a new nanny or housekeeper ready for the start of the school year in September, start the search early. And if using a placement service, remember agencies get extremely busy after the long school holiday with a rush of clients desperate to solve their staffing situations quickly. Often by this time, the very best candidates have been snapped up.
6. Issue a contract to your staff and remember to include a confidentiality agreement.
7. Remember, it is possible to have potential staff for a trial period to see if they are right for you. This can be anything from one day to a couple of weeks as long as you are prepared to pay them for their time and work. It is important to build this probation period in to your contract.
8. For all staff, and particularly for live in staff, do explain proper ground rules regarding visitors, use of gardens, use of a staff car and provision of petrol, etc.
9. Make sure staff accommodation is in good condition with pleasant rooms, up to date equipment and adequate heating. If you want to attract high calibre staff, you need to show them you are an excellent employer.
10. When using an agency, make sure they are a member of the R.E.C. or have certified accreditation for your area.
For more information visit www.greycoatplacements.co.uk