Settling in tips
The first few weeks of the employee and employer relationship are key to ensuring that the working relationships starts off well. And continues as well as it started. You will both need to settle into your roles. Communication is key to ensuring you are both as they say, ‘on the same page.’
- Emergency contact details:While you are away ensure that your service provider can reach you. Work contact details, emails or even nearby friends or family can be listed as emergency contacts.
- Routines: Your service provider will need to know in full detail what routines should be carried out. This includes any medication that the person or pet being cared for must receive. How you like your bed linen pressed, what laundry is priority. Likes and dislikes or habits the person or pet being cared for have. Regular appointments they need to attend. Even the smaller details such as bath or meal time routines. Also, be clear on the routines regarding tutoring services.
- Regular communication : You will be busy with other demands while your service takes place, however ensure that time is made to catch up.
- Pay your carer, tutor or housekeeper on time: Probably one of the most obvious things to do! However, nothing will help to turn a relationship sour if an employee is not being paid fairly or on time. Help the settling in period start off well by keeping your side of the deal, with on time fair payment.
- Be on time:Your employer will probably understand the odd occasion where transport is unreliable. Or an event out of your control has made you late. Always aim to be reliable. Service users are depending on your care or service ensure you provide the best service you can.
- Follow the instruction:Initiative is a great trait. Your employer will no doubt appreciate it. However, stick to the instruction and if your initiative kicks in and you need to move away from your employer’s original instruction, always check it is okay to do so. Emergency situations where life and death are at stake clearly call for a quick reaction, that is best for the situation. Everyday situations it is encouraged to check your employer is happy for you to deviate from an instruction.
- Understand what is and is not required: If you are ever in doubt it is always best to ask. Your employer will probably prefer you ask for clarification, as opposed to reading between the lines. This will ensure that you are providing the best service possible.
- Remain professional: Your attitude dress code, makeup and hair should all present a professional appearance. No matter how well you get on with your employer, always remember the professional boundaries.