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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Helpful Ways to Manage Your Domestic Helper’s Smartphone Use

Do you allow your domestic helper to use her smartphone during working hours? Smartphones and social media have made it much easier for all of us, including domestic helpers, to be connected, but some employers see this as a curse. When it comes to the question of helper’s phone use during work, employers are torn between what is ‘practical’ and what is ‘ethical’. Experienced employers often discuss phone use during the interview ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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