Your Helper’s First Day

If you thought hiring a helper was difficult, you will quickly realise that managing may be even tougher.

It is important to think about the kind of relationship you want to have with your helper before she joins your family. The first hours and days are the time where you can let her know your preferences, your standards and your values. Especially if this is your first hire try spend some extra time so that you don’t end up having to look for another helper within months. Key to a …

What is a domestic helper?

For those landing in Hong Kong to start a new life, the idea of a “domestic helper” may be unfamiliar and daunting.

What is a domestic helper exactly? In Hong Kong the term domestic helper is used instead of maid or housemaid as is usual in other places. In addition, in Hong Kong all foreign domestic helpers are legally required to be hired full-time on a 2-year contract and to live at the same place as the employer. Below you will find a short explanation for the most commonly used…

Should you talk to your helper about financial education?

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 …

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…

Should you send your helper to a first aid course?

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

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, …

8 Essential Steps to Helper Paperwork Processing

Handling the paperwork for your new helper is not always an easy task. Follow these 8 steps and you should be set.

If you thought you were done when you found that great helper, think again. Handling the paperwork can be a confusing process. Don’t waste time by missing a step or not answering that one question. Pay attention to every single part of the process so that you do not make unnecessary mistakes. How? Read, remember and even print these steps, to make the paperwork processing…

Increase Minimum Wage Domestic Helper Hong Kong

Don’t get yourself in trouble. What does the salary increase for domestic helpers mean for you?

After months of lobbying, the government has decided to raise the minimum wage for foreign domestic helpers by HK$100. Regardless or whether or not you are happy with this, read further to find out what implications there are for you.

Helpers already hired

For employers who have signed contracts on or before the 30th of September 2015, nothing changes. You can follow the previous…

What to do when your helper cooks unhealthy food?

Food seasoning and cooking methods can be very personal. Normally that is not a problem, but it may be when your helper cooks unhealthy food for you and your children.

In this day and age many people worry about eating healthily. In a city like Hong Kong we may often eat outside where we have no control over amounts of salt, oil, sugar and food additives used. So eating a healthy meal at home becomes so much more important. Sounds simple, but it becomes much more complicated when others…

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…

Hacks for a Great Helper Interview

Interviewing a helper is a crucial task in your quest for a trustworthy and capable domestic helper.

In the interview you will be able to assess the candidate’s communication skills and motivation. This process is difficult to outsource as it all depends on your click with the candidate and intuition, and because the domestic helper will take care of your children and your home.

We recommend you to personally interview all shortlisted candidates face-to-face or via…