House Rules for Domestic Helpers

Domestic helpers are a blessing to many families, but managing them can be challenging. Drafting house rules for domestic helpers and specific helper guidelines will create some much-wanted peace.

Every household has its own rhythms and habits. A new domestic worker joining your family may have difficulty with the house rules used in your family. Even if she has a lot of experience, she will need time to learn your way of doing things.

 

General points of house rules for…

Domestic Helper Management Essentials and Problem-Solving

Treating your domestic helper fairly can bring you a lot of benefits such as saving you time and money for finding a replacement, and having a helper who will work more efficiently and even go an extra mile in taking care of your family in return. However, manage a domestic helper can be tricky as she is your employee but also a part of the family. No worries, we will walk you through the stages of a domestic helper’s employment period and point out where you can pay attention to.…

How 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 helper 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 so you worry that you’ve forgotten how to manage a domestic helper with less experience. It will take communication and effort, but your relationship will get there eventually…

3 Ways to Help Your New Domestic Helper Settle In

Settling into a new job can be tricky. This is especially the case if your domestic helper is living far away from home. Moving in with their new employers, while at the same time settling into their new job can be daunting. Make the transition easier for your new domestic helper by taking some time to help your new domestic helper settle in. They’ll be happier and work harder, and everyone is a winner. Here are a few quick tips for helping your new domestic helper settle into their…

Mending a Strained Domestic Helper-Employer Relationship

Relationships experience ups and downs, and that’s quite normal. Constant nurturing is crucial though; otherwise, they might just break down (and sometimes beyond repair). The domestic helper-employer relationship is no exception. It can be even more difficult to navigate given the intimate nature that characterizes it – working in a private household can be intricate as the lines can sometimes get blurry. When left unattended, relationships can cause tensions,…

Should You Give Your Domestic Helper a Bonus for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is around the corner and it is now time to get everything in order for entering the Year of the Pig! This celebration is a special time of year for many families in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the hard work and contributions that domestic helpers make in our homes.

Chinese New Year 2019 day is on Tuesday, 5 February

Marking the turn of the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year celebrations are all about family and sharing – not…

Should I Give My Domestic Helper a Bonus or Increase the Salary?

Your domestic helper has been with you for a while and you may wonder if you should increase her salary or give her a bonus. What do other employers do?

There is no golden rule or a standard practice when it comes to giving your domestic helper a bonus or increasing her wage. But don’t pull your hair out yet, we went out and asked what others do.

 

When should I give my domestic helper a bonus or salary increase?

There is absolutely no consensus on this, but many employers consider…

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…

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…

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…