One of the easiest ways to develop a smooth professional relationship is to spell out the details of your arrangement in writing.
A written work agreement is a tool to help you and the caregiver initiate and maintain clear communication about your mutual expectations. Families working with an in-home placement agency often find that an agency will not honor its guarantee of a successful placement until it receives a completed work agreement between the family and the caregiver.
A written document is a smart, unemotional way to make sure you both have the same understanding of the job. Remember, however, that it is just a starting point. There is no substitute for flexibility and ongoing communication between families and caregivers to keep their working relationship harmonious and productive.
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