Can I make amends for backing out of a childcare position?
September 20, 2013 1:34 PM Subscribe
I backed out of an in-home childcare position with woefully short notice. Is there anything I can do?
posted by ziggly to Work & Money (6 answers total)
I gracelessly backed out of an in-home childcare position that I was truly excited about, because an old employer called offering a full-time salaried position starting immediately. The parents had given me a paid training and a small stipend while they were away; I was due to start upon their return, but I got a call out of the blue. After hand-wringing and waiting until I received the written offer, I let them know. They are scrambling and I asked friends for referrals, but have not heard back.
Aside from returning the stipend, which I am obviously doing, is a small gift for the child (5-month-old) appropriate? Refunding the training cost, or some portion thereof? Is there some other way to apologize for this very great inconvenience to them that I'm not thinking of?
(I'm not looking to stay in their good graces for future work, which I'm sure is impossible anyway, I just want to make this a little bit less awful.)