How to Handle Domestic Helper Problems

Establishing a positive relationship with your domestic helper is important, especially if you envision a long-term hire. This means you will have to handle domestic helper problems carefully.

“My children are not allowed to eat sweets during the week, but I can tell from their behaviour that the domestic helper gave them candy. Should I fire her?” Some employers are quick to terminate their domestic helper’s contract when they do not following instructions. Others…

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…

Tips to Improve the Relationship with Your Domestic Helper

Hiring a domestic helper for your house is great! It allows you to focus on more important things such as work and family while your domestic helper does the household chores like cleaning, sweeping, or dusting your house. But like anything else, having a domestic helper means you’ll have challenges along the way. Be prepared for these 5 common domestic helper problems. Most of these problems don’t have to lead to dismissals. Instead, with good communication you…

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.…

4種常見外傭問題及克服的方法

這些問題有時會令你同外傭的關係變得複雜。如果問題沒有得到及時解決,最終會導致你和外傭關係惡化。這裡是一些最常見的你可能會遇到的問題和解決問題的小竅門。

 

問題1:對你的外傭工作不滿

可能你有各種對外傭工作不滿的理由,使你感到沮喪甚至生氣。有時候,這是因為她沒有像你所希望的那樣打掃房間,或者是因為她把各種雜物放在廚房櫃台上太久而沒有把它們放回原處,或者因為你有理由相信你的孩子沒有得到很好的照顧甚至被忽略了等等。…

4 Common Domestic Helper Problems and How to Overcome Them

Issues can sometimes arise and complicate your relationship with your domestic helper. If they have not promptly been dealt with, they can end up deteriorating your relationship with your helper. Here are some of the most common problems you can face and a few tips to overcome them.

 

Problem 1: You are not satisfied with your domestic helper’s work

There might be various reasons why you are not satisfied with your helper’s work, causing you to feel frustrated and even…

Help Your Helper Overcome Language Barriers

It is important to build a healthy relationship with your helper right from the start to ensure things go as smoothly as you had pictured. However, this can sometimes be tough as communication – which can make or break a relationship – can be hindered by several factors including language. Language can be a huge barrier often leading to miscommunications and as a result of frustrations (especially over safety concerns).

Sign language can be fun – at least for a while – …

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…

Dealing with Domestic Helper Cultural Differences

We’ve all heard about cultural differences, especially in families with domestic helpers. But what are common cultural differences and how can you avoid letting them turn into issues?

Due to varying upbringings, cultures and situational factors, people from different backgrounds do many things differently. Just as German and French people have different eating habits, so do we all have different habits around the house.

We have often heard about the big cultural differences,…

What Do You Need to Know About Domestic Helper Loan Sharks?

Many foreign domestic helpers are caught in a spiralling debt cycle due to employment-related fee loans that they owe to domestic helper loan sharks. And all that even before they start their job.

 

“When I got a job in Hong Kong, I paid US$300 in the Philippines and then another HK$11,000 in Hong Kong. I didn’t have the money, but then the agent told me I could give him my passport and loan the money. The interest was 60%, but I had no other choice. It took me 6 months to pay everything…