Discretion and confidentiality is key when it comes to the nanny/family relationship and at some point in your career you may be asked to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). A non-disclosure agreement is a contract by which you agree to not disclose confidential information, and it can work both ways. Families won’t disclose information about you, and you won’t disclose information about them. The NDA can be as simple as saying the family/nanny won’t disclose XYZ, or it can be complex with regards to who and what information you can disclose. It may also include rules on what you can and cannot share on social media including photos of the family home or children.
The fact is, you are a professional despite not signing an NDA, you shouldn’t be sharing information with others, which may include your partner or spouse. Working in someone’s home, you are privy to the daily lives of the family you work with, whether it’s financial information, work-related issues, personal or health issues, nannies see and hear it all. While legally, this may not be an issue without an NDA, professionally it is simply unacceptable.
The biggest threat to confidentiality we see is social media. Be extra cautious with what you are sharing on social platforms, as you never know who may be reading or following. Everyone loves seeing little kids being their cute and funny selves. If sharing, get photos from the back, so no faces are seen or cover up faces with a fun sticker. Be careful when posting job details, keeping names, locations, school names, and team names out of conversations. Facebook has the ability to post anonymously in groups or ask an admin to share your questions.
The Washburn Agency is here to answer any of your questions when it comes to NDA’s or any other issues or concerns you may have. We’re here to ensure you are happy and confident in your job.