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…

9 Tips to Welcome and Manage Your New Helper

How to manage your new domestic worker? It’s not easy to bring a stranger to your home, but with these tips your friends will be jealous of your healthy employer-helper relationship!

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 ways of doing things. Or you had a domestic helper who stayed with…

Should I Install a Camera at Home to Keep My Family Safe

Being worried about our loved ones when we are not around is natural. We all want – even feel the need – to make sure that they are safe and sound. It is comprehensible that some employers are choosing to install cameras to monitor how their loved ones are being treated by the helper they have hired to care for them when they are not at home.

 

Installing a camera at home, what for?

The main reasons invoked by employers who have opted for an IP camera (and those considering it) …

Can I Add More Domestic Worker House Rules After I Have Hired Her?

It is important to set expectations and daily schedules and to stick to those. But that does not mean that you cannot add more house rules if you think there is a need for this.

“Our helper was great when she started, but she just does not follow instructions anymore. She is great with the children so I don’t want to fire her, but things need to change.” Managing a domestic helper can be frustrating at times. You may live with her in one small apartment without any …

Should My Helper Dine with Us?

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 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 any easier. It is okay to wonder where to draw the line on some things – such as …

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 – …

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

Managing a helper is challenging, especially when she doesn’t take any initiative, so here are some tips to make your helper more autonomous.

The honeymoon period with your helper has ended and even though she is a great person, she doesn’t take enough initiative. Welcome to the world of employers, fraught with challenges and obstacles. Supervising, motivating and guiding a domestic helper is a challenging task. If you are frustrated by her lack of autonomy, take action…

How Comfortable Are You with the New Household Dynamics?

Hiring a helper means that your household dynamics will see some changes. At times the changes come naturally, but at other times they can create some difficulties.

Household dynamics are never static; they change from time to time. Hiring a live-in helper can have a very positive effect on family dynamics if the relationship is managed effectively.

First of all, most foreign domestic helpers live 24/7 with the family, but she may “only” be a temporary addition to the family.…

Do You Pay When Your Helper Works Overnight?

There are no standard working hours for helpers – or anyone else – in Hong Kong, but that doesn’t always mean you should let your helper work overnight.  

 

Babies may cry during the night and after a week of little sleep, you may feel like you are going crazy. Your husband is of no help because he sleeps through it all or he has a job that requires him to be very alert. Luckily, in Hong Kong, many families have domestic helpers who can assist in this case.

Having your helper…

Should I give my helper a bonus or increase the wage?

Your 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 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 helper a bonus or salary increase?

There is absolutely no consensus on this, but many employers consider this question for the first time after…