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 …

House Rules for Domestic Helpers

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 their own rhythms and habits. A new helper 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. You can discuss the house rules for domestic helpers…

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…

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 them?

Maintaining privacy with a live-in helper is not easy. When your 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 lead to you considering to not have a helper at all despite all the benefits she brings…

What to Do if Your Helper Wants to Go Out at Night

Your helper has asked if she can go out during the week with her friends. What should you do?

“My helper has started with us for a month, but now she is asking if she can go out during the week ‘after hours’. She said she used to do this with her old employer. I’m confused because I thought their days off are just Sundays. I don’t love this idea, but I understand she is entitled to spend her time ‘after hours’ as she pleases. Should we let the helper go out or not?”

This is a …