HelperChoice Christmas Party 2017: Connecting Helpers & Employers around Wine Tasting

One of HelperChoice’s core missions is to help domestic workers and employers “connect together”. The ethical online platform was firstly created in 2012 to support employers who would like to find a new helper and conversely for helpers to find new families. But the scope of this motto is not limited only to the recruitment! HelperChoice organises also free events so that both employers and helpers can meet and enjoy different types of activities together.

On Sunday,…

Why People in Hong Kong Can’t Get by Without Their Domestic Helpers

After having employed a domestic helper, many employers feel like they cannot be without helpers. If you’ve just arrived in Hong Kong or never had a helper, find out why so many people swear by employing one.

There are more than 50 million domestic workers worldwide and about 350,000 in Hong Kong. Hiring a nanny or helper is a viable option for many families. Here are our top 8 reasons why we cannot be without helpers.

1) It makes working life easier

You don’t have to rush home to…

Survey: More Than 30% Helpers Will Offer a Christmas Gift to Their Employer

HelperChoice survey – More than a third of the domestic helpers plan to offer a gift for Christmas to their employer. What about you?

 

HelperChoice interviewed more than 100 domestic workers based in Hong Kong, Singapore but also in some Gulf countries (mostly Filipino) to know more about how they are going to celebrate Christmas. In this article, you will know more about the kinds of gifts domestic helpers would like to get for Christmas, what they plan to send back…

Go Behind The Scenes of a 16-km Race With 5 Domestic Workers

HelperChoice has followed five domestic workers who prepared and ran the Tiger’s Head, a 16-km race last Saturday on November 25th, 2017. HelperChoice organised a photo contest to identify the runners who were very motivated and able to run this long distance on Lantau island and 5 domestic helpers were able to run for free this race (thanks to a partnership with the organiser – The GreenRace), challenge their own abilities and push ambitions to the limit. In total, 300 participants…

How to Find a Great Helper?

Finding a great helper is not easy, but it is crucial you find her. Your home needs someone you can rely on.

 

Finding a great helper is not easy. Every family has their own preferences and there is no one-size fits all. But there are some steps you can take to ensure you find the helper that best fits your family.

First of all, take matters into your own hands. It’s tempting to outsource the search for a helper, but do you really trust an agency or third person to fully understand…

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 You Send Your Helper to a First Aid Course?

Having a medical emergency is a worry for everyone. Especially if you are not at home and your helper takes care of your children or elderly parents.

Accidents can happen everywhere and to anyone. No one likes them and everyone worries about them, especially when it comes to kids or bed-ridden parents. You may consider sending your helper to a helper first aid course, but they can be expensive and it may take you a while to find the right course. And then, is it really necessary to do…

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…

Survey Result – Work and Life of Domestic Workers: 32% of Their Employers Judged Disrespectful

HelperChoice, the leading platform connecting employers and domestic workers conducted a survey from October 9th until October 17th, 2017 in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Singapore to get more information about how domestic workers are living their lives. 245 domestic workers participated in the survey and the results are startling: 32% of the domestic workers feel that their employer is not respectful.

 

Domestic workers’ main duties are to do the housework (mentioned…