Investing in your helper’s financial education
Lenlen Mesina, Enrich HK
In addition to the convenience and comfort of having someone assist us in our day-to-day life – take care of our children, manage and clean the household and ensure food is prepared when we want it and how we like it – is there anything your helper will not do to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth?
Often, employers overlook the value and care that domestic workers put into their day-to-day routine. It becomes so normal that a lot of families become dependent on them and struggle to manage even the simplest of chores without them around. They have truly helped a lot of families here survive and thrive.
On the flipside however, outside of the salary and warm reception by the family, have we also thought about helping them secure their future? A lot of employers struggle to talk about money and finances with their domestic workers. It seems to be too personal and taboo to ask about money, savings, debts/loans and even dreams and plans for when they retire or go back home.
It is a conversation often left out, but a very important one to have. It is a discussion that would open up a different window of opportunity to get to know helpers more and learn about their hopes, dreams and their plans, and be instrumental in making them come true by showing support and motivating them.
If employers begin to encourage helpers to think about their future and assist them in planning it, it would convey a very positive message. A message that employers are also looking after their helper’s financial education and well-being, not just for the present, but also for their future.
Consider investing in their financial education: this can be one simple gesture to express recognition, say thank you and show your helper your desire to see them succeed and achieve their dreams. This dream is the ultimate reason why they came here: to have a better life and future for themselves and their loved ones.
Enrich is Hong Kong’s premier independent training organisation for financial literacy training, business development and confidence building for migrant women in Hong Kong. Our workshops are specifically tailored to domestic workers and run in several languages. Employers can sponsor their helpers for our workshops at just $280 per workshop. Since its establishment in 2007, Enrich has trained over 6,000 migrant women in Hong Kong.
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Workshop schedule: https://www.eventbrite.hk/o/enrich-hk-8394777961
Tel. 2386 5811
Address: 1102 Enterprise Building, 228-238 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong