"What do I give my Domestic Employee for the Holidays?"

The holidays are a perfect time to let your household employee know how much you appreciate them. Remember how hard they work for you all year and how greatly they contribute to the happiness of your family.
There is no “one size fits all” solution; there are many creative ways to compensate your employee for their hard work.

A cash bonus is by far the most popular solution. The average year end bonus is one – two weeks of pay. Long-term staff bonuses may be as high as one month’s pay. For newer employees, many families calculate one day’s pay for each month of employment, up to the maximum they would consider. All bonus payments are ALWAYS at the discretion of the employer, and the employee’s length of employment, overall performance, and the means of the employer are all factors in this decision.

Additional ideas for gifts of gratitude which can be done throughout the year are:

– A personal hand made gift from your children like a picture frame.

– Gift cards to popular restaurants or day spas

– Airfare for a trip home

– Full or partial payment for Health Insurance

– Membership to an Organization
International Nanny Association – $35 a year
Domestic Estate Managers Association – FREE (say First Class Care sent you)

Please remember it is always good to give a review of your employee at their year anniversary and a holiday bonus is not in lieu of a raise.


By: Erin Krex
Owner of First Class Care, Inc.
Working Mother

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