HelperChoice Survey – Foreign Domestic Workers’ Biggest Fears and Dreams

HelperChoice interviewed about 150 domestic workers based in Hong Kong (67%), Singapore (12%), in some Gulf countries (13%) and other countries of Asia to know more about their fears and dreams.

 

The majority of the domestic workers are women coming from developing countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh –  where they have little to no opportunity to find a well-paid job as they are often from the poorer countryside. They all have…

Hacks for a Great Domestic Helper Interview

Interviewing a helper is a crucial task in your quest for a trustworthy and capable domestic helper.

In the interview, you will be able to assess the candidate’s communication skills and motivation. This process is difficult to outsource as it all depends on your click with the candidate and intuition, and because the domestic helper will take care of your children and your home.

We recommend you to personally interview all shortlisted candidates face-to-face or …

Baking, Cooking, Kitchen Management: Which Class for My Domestic Helper?

Cooking is one of the finest skills one can master. Surely all cooks aren’t chefs but with practice, anyone can sharpen their culinary skills and prepare savoury dishes.

Baking classes

Baking is a particular form of food preparation which consists of cooking food through exposure to dry heat, typically in an oven, without directly exposing it to a flame.

 

What will my domestic worker get to learn?

By signing your helper up for a class and depending on the curriculum, your…

How to Help My Domestic Helper Improve Her Language Skills?

Needless to say that speaking the same language as your conversation partner greatly simplifies things – the same applies to your domestic worker. Allowing time for your helper to develop her language skills is essential in order to avoid miscommunication and thus reduce any tensions that might strain the helper-employer relationship.

Surely, mastering another language also opens doors to learning from and understanding new cultures. On top of that, improving her language…

What to Keep in Mind When Looking for a Cooking Class for Your Helper

Signing your domestic helper up for a cooking course to improve her skills is an investment, but it can be extremely valuable to both of you. Choosing a cooking class in Hong Kong is no easy task given the multiple options available out there. Various factors can definitely make the task easier and help you pick the most appropriate one for your helper.

 

Identify your domestic helper’s needs

Having clarity on your helper’s skills and identifying any gaps and the areas…

Job Interview Tips for Domestic Workers

The interview is an important part of the hiring process for the employer. After the interview, they will have a better idea of the person you are. Here are some tips that will help you to prepare.

 

1. Be on time.

The employer is looking for a trustworthy applicant so make sure you are on time. In case you are running late, let the employer know by calling her or sending her a message so she will know. Inform the employer at least one day in advance if you cannot attend the interview.…

6 Ways to Train Your Domestic Helper

Training your domestic helper can be tough and time-consuming, but essential in many cases. Oftentimes, the pre-training first-timers receive before coming to Hong Kong is quite basic, insufficient, and at times even inadequate, preventing them from being able to care for a household properly.

Sometimes, a helper’s skill set just doesn’t meet her employer’s standards and a proper training to bring her up to speed is required. Training your helper enables her to develop…

8 Essential Steps to Helper Paperwork Processing

Handling the paperwork for your new helper is not always an easy task. Follow these 8 steps and you should be set.

If you thought you were done when you found that great helper, think again. Handling the paperwork can be a confusing process. Don’t waste time by missing a step or not answering that one question. Pay attention to every single part of the process so that you do not make unnecessary mistakes. How? Read, remember and even print these steps, to make the paperwork processing…

What to Prepare for Your New Helper

You have just hired your new helper. Congratulations! Now it is time to prepare for your new helper so that things will go smoothly from the start. 1) Where will your helper sleep?

An important question. Why? If your helper feels comfortable in her own room that will translate in her work. Ideally, while you were interviewing your helper, you discussed where she is going to sleep so she knows what to expect. You may have to buy a bed and closet for her if there isn’t one available yet.…

Can I Add More Domestic Worker House Rules After I Have Hired Her?

It is important to set expectations and daily schedules and to stick to those. But that does not mean that you cannot add more house rules if you think there is a need for this.

“Our helper was great when she started, but she just does not follow instructions anymore. She is great with the children so I don’t want to fire her, but things need to change.” Managing a domestic helper can be frustrating at times. You may live with her in one small apartment without any …