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 …

Everything You Need to Know about Your Helper’s Family Visiting

Your helper’s children in the Philippines are planning a visit to town to see their mother and you are wondering how things are going to unfold, logistically speaking. The following information will shed some light on the – sometimes quite tedious – process your helper must go through to have her family over.

What’s the process like for my helper?

Your helper will have to go through various steps and make sure that all the necessary paperwork has been processed – especially…

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 Arrangements for my Helper when I’m on a Business Trip?

It can be hard to balance our personal and professional lives, especially when we often are on the go. No matter how far we can be from home, our minds never stop wondering about what’s happening back there. One thing that concerns many of us who have hired help is how well our domestic helper is doing while we are away and whether everything is fine. It is absolutely normal to wonder what to do regarding our helpers when we are on a business trip – we all do!

Several options are available.…

12 Signs Your Helper is Unhappy

Keeping one’s domestic helper or housemaid happy and contented with her work should be a priority for every employer. A happy helper is certainly more productive and committed to your family much longer – which means less time spent hiring and training a new helper. Employee motivation is critical as it contributes to creating a positive atmosphere in your household.

Certain signs of dissatisfaction are more obvious to spot – even for an untrained eye – while others…

Mending a Strained 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 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, frustration,…

How to Handle Problems with Domestic Helpers

Establishing a positive relationship with your 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 helper gave them candy. Should I fire her?” Some employers are quick to terminate their helper’s contract when they do not following instructions. Others would rather only have…

Your Helper’s First Day

If you thought hiring a helper was difficult, you will quickly realise that managing may be even tougher.

It is important to think about the kind of relationship you want to have with your helper before she joins your family. The first hours and days are the time where you can let her know your preferences, your standards and your values. Especially if this is your first hire try spend some extra time so that you don’t end up having to look for another helper within months. Key to a …