- 08-08-2006, 12:27 AM #1Registered User
- Join Date
- Jan 2006
- Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
I have now purchased a copy of "Helpers Helper" as recommended on this forum which I am hoping to put into practise.
I am quite a relaxed, easy going person. From what I have seen of the helper I am about to employ and from verbal references I have had from her previous employers, I know she is very hardworking, cares passionately about what she is doing, and seemed to handle my son very well but I can see she can sometimes be a bit headstrong.
I really want to channel her energy and also ensure that I keep channels of communication clear and open, so I wanted to lay some ground rules / house rules before we start.
Has anyone done this before / do you have any suggestions on what I should cover? I know I wont be able to cover every eventuality but I would like to have a main checklist to avoid possible misunderstandings in the future.
So far, I have seen the following issues come up
Taking Saturday off / Saturday night
What the maid does in her room and issues of privacy
Friends/ Visitors in maids room
Smoking / drinking alcohol
Food and food allowance
Keeping passports - is this even legal?
holiday- do maids get all the red days and then annual leave - what is annual leave entitlement?
Bonuses & discretionary payments
Using the landline phone
Taking my child outside the immediate complex and vicinity
Anyone got any other ideas?
Also, anyone got any ideas on mobile phones - obviously dont want to be a dictator but has anyone got a sensitive way of dealing with this?
What are your thoughts? I had thought we'd work these out as we went along and that I didnt want to want to make anyone feel uncomfortable with too many rules. However,looking at these forums, I am starting to think this relaxed attitude might lead to misunderstandings and ambiguities. I am hoping I can sit down and discuss this list with my helper to be before she starts and agree some ground rules so that we can build a good, working relationship.
Really appreciate your help with this one
- 08-08-2006, 09:53 AM #2Registered User
- Join Date
- Jan 2004
- Clearwater Bay
I'm not fond of short shorts, mini-skirts, bikinis at swimming pool/beach, and anything too revealing.
If you might be taking her along on your vacation, discuss how she might have to still be working (looking after the kids when you're out dining on some nights) and how you would compensate her days off.
Keeping me in the picture:
I want to be kept informed about everything that has happened to my kids, regardless how minor; a fall, a fight with play dates, comments from other parents/helpers, anything. If you think there's something not right with my kids (slow in some developmental ways), please be honest with me. Sometimes I miss out on these things...
- 08-13-2006, 09:04 PM #3Registered User
- Join Date
- Mar 2005
- Hong Kong
some answers to your questions:
- keeping passports is illegal, it's more something you work out with your helper and if you do it at all, it's to prevent borrowing (we went through the if it is appropriate or not discussion in another thread, so i won't want to go thru that again)
- we do a soft curfew and told them we'd like them to be back at around 9pm. but we're flexible and the helper respect that too
- they get what's called statutory holidays off, so not ALL red days, but most of them, search for 'stautory holidays hong kong' on google, you'll find them
- sick leave, i don't think we do anything special, if they're sick and needed rest, we'd just ask them to take a rest and not work for the day
(just a side note on this, my helper was sick with a virus, we didn't remember to isolate her from the baby and half of my family ended up getting sick as well, so just a note to remember to be mindful of that.. there's a very contagious flu going around)
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