Should My Domestic Helper Eat with Us at the Same Table?

Having a domestic helper who lives in with your family 24/7 can sometimes be tricky as the traditional employer-employee relationship gets blurred. You – and certainly your domestic helper – might just end up feeling confused and not knowing where you stand about certain things. That’s perfectly understandable given the peculiar nature of the relationship – the live-in factor doesn’t make it easier. It is okay to wonder where to draw the line on some things – such…

9 Tips to Welcome and Manage Your New Domestic Helper

Every domestic helper is different, just like every family is. You’ll always encounter some difficulties when your new domestic worker starts. Your domestic helper may have years of experience but is not used to your way of doing things. Or you had a domestic helper who stayed with you for a long time and are a tad worried you’ve forgotten how to manage a new domestic worker. It will take communication and effort, but your relationship will get there eventually if managed correctly.…

My Domestic Helper Doesn’t Take Initiative, What Should I Do?

Even though you find your domestic helper hard working and dedicated, you might want her to take more initiative. That’s why you want her to enterprise more so that she does not get stuck to her daily schedule forever. Supervising, motivating and guiding a domestic helper is a challenging task. If you are frustrated by her lack of autonomy, take action earlier rather than later. The longer you wait, the more complicated it will become to change established behaviour and routine.…

Discuss The Importance Of Internet Privacy With Your Domestic Helper

When employing a domestic helper, the first thing that comes to mind is how to create a healthy relationship by clearly defining house rules such as setting up a work schedule.

But after a few weeks or months, you might realize that respecting each other’s personal privacy is also a key factor to a harmonious home.

There are over 370,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong living with their employers. The majority of domestic helpers are very active on social media and instant…

Enjoy a Great Halloween With Your Domestic Helper

Halloween is a night of surprises and fantasy, and the opportunity for the whole family to have some honest fun – and scare! Like other major celebrations, it can require a lot of work (depending on how serious you are about it!) to have everything ready on time.

Here are 8 ways to engage your domestic helper and spend a great Halloween together:

 

Hit the Halloween aisle for decoration. Sit down with your domestic worker and make a list of all the knick-knacks you are going…

How Comfortable Are You with the Family Habit Shift After Hiring a Domestic Helper?

Hiring a domestic helper means that your household will have to cope with some significant changes. At times the transition comes naturally, but at other times it can create some difficulties. It can have a very positive effect on your family habits if the employment relationship is well-managed.

First of all, foreign domestic helpers live 24/7 with the family, but she may “only” be a temporary addition to the family. It does not mean the domestic helper cannot become part…

My Domestic Helper Is Sick: How Can I Handle Everything on my Own?

Domestic helpers have become such a vital part of our lives. They provide us with valuable extra-hands at home by helping out with the household chores, looking after the kids and elderly parents. Finding out that our domestic helper is sick might be really tricky, since it means even more things to handle on our own, while we were not especially ready for it.

 

What should I do if my domestic helper is sick?

No matter how unexpected it is or how complicated the situation might…

Should I Assign My Domestic Helper’s Tasks?

Once the hiring phase is over, you will come to realize that putting on the ‘employer hat’ is an absolute must. The helper-employer relationship requires constant work as managing a domestic helper not only involves managing the relationship but also your domestic helper’s work – and the live-in factor can sometimes complicate things. Employers can manage their domestic helpers’ work in a different way. Each and every one of us has one’s very own style. While…

HelperChoice Academy Cooking Tips: Roasted Chicken and White Wine Gravy

Every week, the HelperChoice Academy provides tailor-made trainings for domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Through these classes, they learn new skills and techniques.

On Sunday, 7 October, 2018, we had the pleasure to co-organise with Superhelper a foolproof “roasted chicken with white wine gravy” cooking class for domestic helpers.

Foolproof Roasted Chicken with White Wine Gravy recipe What you need:

Chicken

1 kg Chicken, reserve the neck and giblets for stock…

Open a Bank Account for Your Domestic Worker in Singapore: Why and How

From 1 January 2019, employers of foreign domestic workers (FDW) in Singapore are no longer allowed to safe keep any money belonging to their domestic helper including the salary in order to protect both parties from money-related disputes[1]. Therefore, opening a bank account for your domestic helper will be one of the best ways for both, you and the maid to manage her money.

 

The benefits of domestic helpers having a bank account are multiple:

Avoiding salary-related…