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 of domestic helpers are very active on social media and instant…

Enjoy a Great Halloween With Your Domestic Helper

Halloween is a night of surprises and fantasy, and the opportunity for the whole family to have some honest fun – and scare! Like other major celebrations, it can require a lot of work (depending on how serious you are about it!) to have everything ready on time.

Here are 8 ways to engage your domestic helper and spend a great Halloween together:

 

Hit the Halloween aisle for decoration. Sit down with your domestic worker and make a list of all the knick-knacks you are going…

How Comfortable Are You with the Family Habit Shift After Hiring a Domestic Helper?

Hiring a domestic helper means that your household will have to cope with some significant changes. At times the transition comes naturally, but at other times it can create some difficulties. It can have a very positive effect on your family habits if the employment relationship is well-managed.

First of all, foreign domestic helpers live 24/7 with the family, but she may “only” be a temporary addition to the family. It does not mean the domestic helper cannot become part…

My Domestic Helper Is Sick: How Can I Handle Everything on my Own?

Domestic helpers have become such a vital part of our lives. They provide us with valuable extra-hands at home by helping out with the household chores, looking after the kids and elderly parents. Finding out that our domestic helper is sick might be really tricky, since it means even more things to handle on our own, while we were not especially ready for it.

 

What should I do if my domestic helper is sick?

No matter how unexpected it is or how complicated the situation might…

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…

HelperChoice Academy Cooking Tips: Roasted Chicken and White Wine Gravy

Every week, the HelperChoice Academy provides tailor-made trainings for domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Through these classes, they learn new skills and techniques.

On Sunday, 7 October, 2018, we had the pleasure to co-organise with Superhelper a foolproof “roasted chicken with white wine gravy” cooking class for domestic helpers.

Foolproof Roasted Chicken with White Wine Gravy recipe What you need:

Chicken

1 kg Chicken, reserve the neck and giblets for stock…

Open a Bank Account for Your Domestic Worker in Singapore: Why and How

From 1 January 2019, employers of foreign domestic workers (FDW) in Singapore are no longer allowed to safe keep any money belonging to their domestic helper including the salary in order to protect both parties from money-related disputes[1]. Therefore, opening a bank account for your domestic helper will be one of the best ways for both, you and the maid to manage her money.

 

The benefits of domestic helpers having a bank account are multiple:

Avoiding salary-related…

House Rules for Domestic Helpers

Domestic 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 domestic worker 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. The general rule is the earlier you discuss…

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 to make sure the helper understands…

Breaking News: 2018 Hong Kong Foreign Domestic Helpers’ Minimum Wage Increase

The Hong Kong Labour Department announced on 28 September 2018 the increase in Foreign Domestic Workers’ (FDWs) minimum wage. The Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) will grow by 2.5%, from HK$4,410 to HK$4,520 per month.

In addition, the Government also announced a 2.1% increase in the minimum food allowance for foreign domestic helpers, from $1,053 per month to not less than $1,075 per month – employers in Hong Kong have a choice between providing their foreign domestic helper…