What is a hybrid?
The Cambridge Dictionary defines “hybrid” as, “having or produced by a combination of two or more distinct elements”…
We live in an age of hybrids. Many of us all have myriad skills and are not easily defined by one job, activity, skill, proclivity, interest, or pursuit. Hometown Nannies+ began in the land of hybrids: Los Angeles, a city formerly brimming with orange groves but now overflowing with writer-directors, actor-producers, singer-songwriters, actor-activists, actor-restaurateurs, actor-vintners, writer-producers, writer-surfers, actor-entrepreneurs, actor-influencers, gaffer-stunt doubles, and so forth.
We know a thing to two about hybrids, which is why we speculated that some of our candidates actually might prefer to wear more than one hat.
Also, over 3+ decades, we’ve heard hundreds of stories (I heard one today) of employees who are hired for one role and are asked, often without much choice, to segue into others. Someone hired as a nanny becomes a nanny and a housekeeper and a cook and then must care for an aging grandparent, when she signed on as a nanny, often at the same salary. Her/his job becomes increasingly stressful and he/she finds herself short of time to do a good job, sometimes at the expense of good health.
So we decided to “work backward”* or actually, to anticipate a family’s needs and to work with “forward” vision, at the risk of self-contradiction and if you can see our rationale. Eureka: why not align a family’s needs with a candidate’s skill set, experience, and interests?
This does not mean placing one candidate to do two full-time jobs. But we’ve had many nannies who love to cook and PAs who like to do p/t childcare and great housekeepers who love babies, have infant experience, drivers who are also wonderful valets, and many applicants who are superlative household managers and would be more than happy to mix up the job. So – why not help people go into a job with eyes open? And, when you do hire a “hybrid” his/her job duties are delineated in a family-nanny/domestic agreement so that everyone has clear expectations going in.
Hope this clarifies our newest vision for in-home staffing. Contact us for more info. Thank you.
*In simple terms, the ‘working backward’ method can be described as starting with a customer want, need, or problem and providing a solution through a product, service, or experience. The alternative involves starting with a product, feature, or solution and trying to find an audience for it.
5 Reasons to Call Hometown Nannies Plus:
- We are the most ethical, diligent and empathetic home staffing agency you will find.
- We have thousands of successful placements under our belts and we understand that each search is unique and essential to the continuity of your family’s busy lifestyle.
- We provide speedy, efficacious, and courteous service along with complete confidentiality.
- We have compiled a huge database, originated in 1988 and updated daily.
- We like a good challenge and do our utmost to make even the most complex job search a pleasing experience.
Hometown Nannies Plus offers support/referrals for:
- Special needs children
- Effective communications & mediation
- Household employee payroll taxes
Affordable nanny health insurance
- Prototypes of employee/employer agreements
- Confidentiality agreements.
Named W Magazine “Best USA Agency,” 1998 Little Book of Bests
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Named Best of the Gold Coast Magazine “Best Nanny Agency,” Westport/Weston, 2014-2017
Serving Connecticut and the Tri-State area locally; New England, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, regionally; New York to L.A. nationally; and Europe, Asia, Australia and The Middle East internationally.
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Named W Magazine "Best USA Agency," 1998 Little Book of Bests
♦ ♦ ♦
Named Best of the Gold Coast Magazine "Best Nanny Agency," Westport/Weston, 2014-2017
Serving the Tri-State area locally; New England, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, regionally; New York to L.A. nationally; and Europe, Asia, Australia and The Middle East internationally.