How To Help Your Maid Adapt?
It can be intimidating to manage and help your maid in Singapore settles in, but it does not have to be difficult. Here’s a few simple steps:
1. Get to know your helper: it’s important to have a good understanding of her background and skills. Ask her questions about her previous experiences and her skills so you can assess her capabilities and preferences based on previous employers. It is then easier to discuss and help her adapt and adjust to the family needs.
2. Set clear expectations: It’s important to be clear about your expectations from the start. Whether the helper is experienced or not, it is important to orientate the helper to your home. This can include childcare tasks, housekeeping task, as well as other specific tasks you may require like going to grocery stores, car washing or gardening. Give her clear instructions for each task and ensure she is familiar with the routine. This will enable her to provide you with the most efficient and effective support.
3. Develop a routine: Having a routine in place will help to ensure that tasks are completed on time and to the standard you expect. Set regular working hours and discuss with your maid what tasks she needs to complete each day.
4. Set boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries with your maid to promote common understanding e.g. checking with you before giving any medication to the children, align with you if they are bringing the kids out, checking with you before inviting any friends to the house etc. Respect your helper’s boundaries: For example, some helpers are fine with discussing about their kids while others prefer more privacy on their personal lives, knocking on her door before entering at night. Doing so will help to promote a good relationship and also ensure she feels respected and appreciated.
5. Monitor performance: Regularly check in with your maid to make sure she is performing the tasks correctly. Provide feedback and offer help where needed. Additionally, make sure to provide recognition and praise for a job well done to encourage and motivate her.