HelperChoice Launches its Academy to Reinvent Training for Domestic Workers

HelperChoice, the social platform connecting helpers and employers, announced today the launch of its HelperChoice Academy. This breakthrough innovation offers a new way of envisioning training for domestic workers in Hong Kong: domestic workers can get an unlimited access to a wide range of training classes thanks a monthly subscription.

 

“We think that all employees should be able to grow by learning new skills throughout their lives. Domestic workers should…

Is it allowed for your FDH to stay out on the weekend?

Your helper has requested to stay out on the weekend. She says that she is free to do as she pleases during her 24-hour rest period. Is your helper allowed to do this? And should you let her?

This question is more common than you think. Your helper is naturally entitled to her rest day of consecutively 24 hours, but her staying out is a different issue. Every employer will have their own preferences.

Some employers are very close to their helpers and worry about them as if they were family.…

Looking for Help: What Choices Do I Have?

Should I go for a FDW ?

Foreign domestic helpers have become part of our everyday life and definitely contribute to making our lives easier and make it possible for many of us to have a full-time job in Hong Kong. No matter how convenient it is, there are a few things to keep in mind before making the leap. Ask yourself: What are my needs? How much do I value my privacy? Can I invest enough time in training (should that be necessary) and managing a full-time live-in helper? Obviously, everyone…

Bringing Assistance to Abused Domestic Helpers

Any search about domestic helper abuse in Hong Kong will send you down a scary rabbit hole. Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) abuse is widespread. In the past few years, several cases of mistreatment and abuse have shed light on those inhumane practices that (still) take place behind closed doors. Shockingly, those practices are by no means isolated incidents; however, the majority of cases go unreported – FDWs are not allowed to work while waiting for a case to be tried. This…

Everything You Need to Know About Your Helper’s Days Off in Singapore

Is my helper entitled to days off?

By law, your helper is entitled to a certain number of days off. As an employer, you are required to provide her with a weekly rest day. Should your domestic helper and you reach an agreement and decide that she is to work on her days off, she must receive compensation for those worked rest days. Keep in mind that rest days are essential though as they allow helpers to have a break and recuperate from work and as such should not be denied.

 

How can…

Preparing the End of Your Helper’s Contract: Which Letters You Should (or Have to) Write?

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 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 helper decided to terminate…

How to Terminate Your Domestic Helper’s Contract

Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary to terminate your helper’s contract. Be sure to follow the necessary steps if this is the case. Consider if you really want to terminate your helper’s contract

Firing your helper will have an impact on her career prospects and on the family she is supporting back home. If you are relocating or suddenly no longer have the financial means, or if you are moving into a smaller apartment, you may unfortunately have no other option.…

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…