Paying In Kind?

Our friend Jo has a busy household.  She and her husband have two kids, they both work and they travel a ton.  Luckily, they have a fabulous nanny, Marie, who helps keep things running smoothly!  This past year, Jo and her family traveled even more than usual, which meant that Marie had several extra weeks off, during which she was paid her normal salary – as per her contract.

This holiday season, instead of the customary two weeks salary as a holiday gift, Jo told us she is considering giving Marie a smaller amount of money, because of the extra weeks Marie had off this year.  Sure, she said, she might make less money this year – but she certainly had more time off. Quite a few of of Jo’s friends were appalled at this reasoning – but a couple of them did see the logic in it.  So, what do you think?  Is it acceptable to give Marie a lower Christmas bonus because the family was away more than usual this year?  Or should the nanny not have to give up her customary Christmas bonus just because the family’s travel schedule left her with more free time than usual?  Is it cheap or frugal of Jo to assume that extra time off is worth as much as cash in hand?

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One Response to “Paying In Kind?”

  1. Leslie says:

    A bonus is just that, a bonus. This bonus and tip situation is really out of control. What extra we have chosen to give to someone who works for us or waits on us is now mandatory??? It is extra, it is up to the discretion of the one employing to decide if and how much “extra” THEY want to give. It should not be an automatic and expected thing!

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