Passion for Food Brings Domestic Helper and Employer Closer Together

Natalia and Elsa share a happy employer-employee relationship. Their secret? Communication, learning from each other and a passion for FOOD! The employer and the domestic helper recently co-wrote a cookbook gathering both Eastern and Western recipes. Discover their inspiring story.

 

“This is delicious!” my husband said. “What’s in it?”

Elsa had just come to join us in Hong Kong as a domestic helper after 15 years in Singapore. Despite my background in food…

5 Tips to Manage Your House When Your Domestic Helper Is on Leave

You never quite realise how useful your domestic worker is until they go away. Whether they are going back to their home country for a few weeks or are taking a break in a different city, it can be difficult to manage the house during this period. However, it’s important to keep your house clean and your family well looked after throughout this time, and while it may seem tricky, there are lots of ways to do it. Here are five tips to help you – from spending some time doing a clear out…

Hacks for a Great Domestic Helper Interview

Interviewing a domestic 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.

Domestic helper interview tips

We recommend you to personally interview all shortlisted…

Job Interview Tips for Domestic Helpers: How to Stand out in an Interview

The domestic helper 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 every domestic helper to prepare the upcoming job interviews.

 

Be on time

The employer is looking for a trustworthy domestic helper 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…

Opening a Bank Account For Your Domestic Helper: The Ultimate Guide

Maybe you just employed a new domestic helper or maybe you have been employing her for a few years. In any case, you might wonder how to pay her salary every month, should you give her cash directly or make a bank transfer?

In Hong Kong many domestic helpers do not have have a bank account to receive their wage and food allowance.

 

What are the advantages of opening a bank account for your helper?

Helping your helper open a bank account is a win-win situation for both of you. You will…

Help! Since I’ve Hired a Domestic Helper My Privacy Is Gone

Your home has not felt the same since your domestic helper has been working for you. What are the common causes and what can you do about to improve both your own privacy and your domestic helper’s one?

Maintaining privacy with a live-in domestic helper is not easy. When your domestic helper first started working for you, the issue of privacy may not have been so pronounced. But over time, you may start to feel less and less comfortable having her around all the time. This can even…

Release Letter, Termination Letter, Recommendation Letter, Which and When?

Release letter, termination letter, recommendation letter… what are the differences and how to draft them?

There are several cases which could lead to the end of your helper’s contract: either you or your domestic helper decided to terminate the contract ahead of time, or one of you decided not to renew it. Depending on the different cases, there are legal requirements and “nice-to-have”.

 

#1 – Drafting a termination letter

If you or your domestic helper decided…

How to be Ready to Welcome Your New Domestic Helper?

You have just hired your new domestic helper. Now it is time to prepare your family and your house so that you can welcome your domestic helper in the best conditions.

 

1) Your domestic helper’s living arrangement

This is a crucial point. If your domestic helper feels comfortable in her own room that will translate in her work. Ideally, while you were interviewing the domestic helper, you discussed where she is going to sleep so she knows what to expect exactly. You may have…

Should I Give my New Domestic Helper Statutory Holidays?

When you hire a domestic helper, you also suddenly become an employer. The Hong Kong guidelines about domestic helper statutory holidays can be very confusing and vague. Here is a quick insight into what an employer should do.

Your new domestic helper has just started and a statutory holiday is approaching. Some employers think their domestic helper is not entitled to this, but is this really the case?

 

Foreign domestic helper-related law

The Hong Kong labor law answers…

How to Spend a Great Christmas with Your Family and Domestic Helper?

Brace yourselves, Christmas is coming… How to involve your domestic helper during this family holiday?

December has arrived, and whether you already hung all the Christmas decorations and prepared the tree or not, we now have to turn our Christmas mode on.

Maybe you will stay in Hong Kong, maybe you and your family will go abroad, in both cases, you might wonder what your domestic helper’s plans are for logistics reasons. According to a HelperChoice survey, 21% of domestic…