While providing employee benefits to your nanny is largely optional and seldom required by law, employee benefits greatly help recruit and retain high-level employees. By providing an attractive employee benefits package, you can help maintain a satisfied workforce. Satisfied employees equal a happy workplace, which in turn equal a happy family and life for your family. Listed below is a checklist to help guide you in identifying and potentially implementing a benefit package for your household employee:
- Investigate health, insurance and retirement coverage options thoroughly to see which one best fit your employee’s needs and your budget.
- For the benefit of your family and employee, calculate the amount of personal time to be offered to your employee.
- Set regular review periods for salary changes and salary bonuses, and make sure your employee knows when these might occur.
- Be clear on the extra perks your employee will receive while working within your family—including use of facilities and property.
- Consider providing your employee with mileage reimbursement or a gas card to help with his or her commute or while transporting children.
- Think about developing a transportation policy. You may, perhaps, provide an auto club membership to your employee who drives as part of his or her job, or periodically provide for the vehicle in use to be maintained with a tune-up and oil change.
- Consider adding special perks to help your employee. You may establish an employee assistance plan or gift certificate to a spa or health club as a way to help your employee reduce stress.
- Consider providing your employee with some scheduled free time each week for him or her to make personal errands and phone calls.
If you have more questions regarding benefit packages available for household employers, contact Jonita at GTM Payroll Services at (888) 432-7972 x7224 or visit www.GTM.com.