Help! Since I’ve Hired a Domestic Helper My Privacy Is Gone

Your home has not felt the same since your domestic helper has been working for you. What are the common causes and what can you do about to improve both your own privacy and your domestic helper’s one? Maintaining privacy with a live-in domestic helper is not easy. When your domestic helper first started working for you, the issue of privacy may not have been so pronounced. But over time, you ...

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How to be Ready to Welcome Your New Domestic Helper?

You have just hired your new domestic helper. Now it is time to prepare your family and your house so that you can welcome your domestic helper in the best conditions. 1) Your domestic helper's living arrangement This is a crucial point. If your domestic helper feels comfortable in her own room that will translate in her work. Ideally, while you were interviewing the domestic helper, you discussed where she is going ...

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Cooking Classes in Hong Kong For Domestic Helpers

Cooking classes are surely the best way to build up your domestic helper’s confidence in the kitchen, enable her to master new skills, learn the art of cooking in different cuisines and become more creative about food. There are many options for cooking classes for your domestic helper out there. Read on to find just what you have been looking for all along. Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at domestic ...

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Should My Domestic Helper Eat with Us at the Same Table?

Having a domestic helper who lives in with your family 24/7 can sometimes be tricky as the traditional employer-employee relationship gets blurred. You – and certainly your domestic helper – might just end up feeling confused and not knowing where you stand about certain things. That’s perfectly understandable given the peculiar nature of the relationship – the live-in factor doesn’t make it easier. It is okay to wonder where to ...

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My Domestic Helper Doesn’t Take Initiative, What Should I Do?

Even though you find your domestic helper hard working and dedicated, you might want her to take more initiative. That’s why you want her to enterprise more so that she does not get stuck to her daily schedule forever. Supervising, motivating and guiding a domestic helper is a challenging task. If you are frustrated by her lack of autonomy, take action earlier rather than later. The longer you wait, the ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Tips for Employers on Encouraging Ethical Domestic Helper Recruitment

By law, employment agencies in Hong Kong are only allowed to charge foreign domestic helpers no more than 10% of their first month wage as placement fees. However, some agencies charge the domestic helpers illegal fees directly, and many employers have a limited knowledge of such practice because it causes no additional costs to them. Such practices place domestic helpers at risk of debt bondage and forced labour. While the Hong ...

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Six Steps to Make Your Domestic Helper Ready to Care for Your Baby

It's never easy to let someone else take care of your baby. Are you ready for your domestic helper to take care of your baby? In Asia, it is common practice for parents to let the domestic helper take care of their baby. Although everybody agrees on how convenient this arrangement is, it is often pretty tough for mummies to leave their little love to the care of a stranger - ...

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3 Tips On How to Upskill Your Domestic Helper

Improving your helper's skills is key to a smooth-running household Employers sometimes overlook the importance of upskilling their domestic workers. Some say it’s a waste of time, while others claim it’s not necessary. But not upskilling your helper before she starts to work can actually cost you more than you realise.  So where do you begin? Here are some tips on how to properly train helpers. #1 Show them your cleaning style Cleaning ...

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