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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, January 2021, My Butler Julius

Julius SmithMy Butler Julius

by Julius Smith

Working in a Formal or Informal Environment

Recently I had a very interesting conversation with my eldest daughter, who is training to become a nanny at Norland College in Bath [England]. She is in her final year and the time has come to find a placement with a family, She has been offered the choice of working for a formal or an informal family. Giving her my opinion, I stated I always prefer a formal family. Throughout my career, I have always tended to work in a formal environment. You may call me old school, but it works when an employer and an employee know their roles. I know the modern trend is for families to be more engaging with their staff, but in my experience this often ends in tears. This is the reason it is often easier to be engaged by someone who grew up with staff in their household.

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