How to Cope when your Helper is Sick

Foreign domestic helpers (FDWs) 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 helper is sick might just feel like the worst news ever especially when it is sudden.

 

What should I do if my helper is sick?

No matter how unexpected it is or how difficult a position it might put you in, it is crucial – and your responsibility as…

Is There a Probationary Period when I Hire a Domestic Worker?

Before hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW), it is essential to have a good knowledge and understanding of your rights and obligations as an employer and those of your employee-to-be. Here is everything you need to know about probationary periods.

Is there a probationary period for FDWs?

Employers often assume that foreign domestic helpers have to undergo a probationary period to evaluate whether they are a ‘good fit’ and after which both parties can decide whether …

HelperChoice Salary Survey: Areas where Hong Kong Employers Pay Helpers the Least and the Most

HelperChoice, the online platform that matches employers with domestic workers at no cost to helpers, analysed data from about 3,000 recent job ads posted by its users.

 

The mean salary offered to helpers is HK$4,545, or HK$235 (5.4%) more than the current minimum wage for domestic workers of HK$4,310. This is very encouraging for foreign domestic workers (FDW) as this difference is 23% higher than the one calculated in last year survey.

 

Data shows that domestic…

How to Take Care of the Elderly?

Looking after the needs of the elderly can be physically and emotionally draining for caregivers as it requires time, commitment, and hard work. Caring for an elderly individual who suffers a health disease or a particular condition can be even more demanding as they need extra and specific attention. Here are some tips to help you care for loved ones in the comfort of your home:

Make your home safe for elderly people by having anti-scald devices and grab bars installed in the shower…

Does my Domestic Helper’s Nationality Matter?

Searching for the right helper is not always an easy task as there is a lot of contradicting information out there that can cause confusion among employers-to-be. It can be difficult to distinguish between urban myths and actual truths. Whether a helper’s nationality matters when looking at hiring help to give us a hand at home depends on your needs and requirements.

It is important to avoid falling into stereotypes by linking certain personal attributes – such as honesty,…

What Are the Consequences of Having a Live-Out Domestic Helper?

The popularity of live-out domestic helpers in Hong Kong has been rising in recent years. But what are the consequences?

By Janet Salim

Reasons for live-out arrangements

This arrangement has gained favour amongst employers for many reasons. One such reason is the small sized houses in Hong Kong, which makes it more convenient for employers for their foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) to live out than to live in. On the same note, such an arrangement is preferable among helpers …

8 Tips to Manage Your New Helper

It is not easy to manage your new helper. It’s not easy to bring a stranger to your home, but with these tips your friends will be jealous of your employer-employee relationship. And your clean, peaceful home.

Every helper is different, just like every family is. You’ll always encounter some problems when your new helper starts. Your helper may have years of experience, but is not used to your ways of doing things. Or you had a helper who stayed with you for a long time…

HelperChoice and AXA Hong Kong Offer Comprehensive Protection to Domestic Workers and Employers

The leading ethical online platform in Hong Kong – HelperChoice joins hands together with the leading insurance company – AXA Hong Kong to offer a discount on domestic helper insurance as well as free first-aid training for HelperChoice members.

In order to make the hiring process easier, HelperChoice has decided to expand its partnership in order to propose a complete and adapted domestic helper insurance to its members. AXA Hong Kong’s domestic helper insurance …

9 Activities for Helpers to Do with Kids

Our children spend a lot of time with our domestic helpers and as such we expect them to bond and spend quality time together. What better way than through fun activities? Our children are fond of them (and let’s face it, so are we!), and on top of contributing to helping them connect with others, activities are a great way for our little ones to develop cognitively and emotionally. One can easily run out of ideas to entertain them, but worry not, we have compiled a list of fun and interactive…

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.…