Domestic Worker (Maid) in Singapore (update 2018)

You may don't know how to deal with the domestic workers (maids) who's first arrival to your home.Read it and get tips.

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Domestic Worker (Maid) in Singapore (update 2018)

In the nineteen thirties, wealthy families in Singapore started hiring "domestic workers (maids)”, whose domestic workers (maids) were typically from Guangdong, China, with white coats, black trousers and long braids. During that period, the domestic worker had a special title of "Mom Sister", who was respected in the family and somewhat replaced the character of the family hostess in disciplining the children. Later, with the rapid economic development in Mainland China, women in Guangdong Province also made fewer transoceanic jobs and Mom Sister was gradually replaced by foreign domestic workers (maids) in neighboring Southeast Asian countries. With the rapid economic development in Singapore, more and more women are leaving the family to become professional women. The demand for domestic workers (maids) in Singapore has become even greater. There is one domestic worker in every three families. The number of domestic workers (maids) in 2017 Reaching about 240,000, of which up to 56% of Indonesian domestic workers (maids), 32% of Filipino domestic workers (maids), and the remaining domestic workers (maids) in Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Recently, there have been news reports that some people are still competing in toilet flushing in Singapore. This shows employment pressure, let alone maids. It is never easy for a maid to cross the ocean for work. So what should employers do when it comes to having domestic workers (maids) feel comfortable working at home, taking good care of their families and dealing with fine housework?

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1. domestic worker's training and doemstic worker job description
2. Care about the domestic worker's mental needs
3. Maintain good communication habits
4. Reward and punishment clearly for the maid

1. domestic worker's training and doemstic worker job description

Although the housework is not difficult, the domestic worker is first arrival, who with a slightly backward country, may not know some modern household appliances, unless she is an experienced domestic worker. Employer should have her explained and demonstrated those household appliances, which should be scheduled approximately 1-2 weeks of training time.

On the other hand, it’s time to arrange domestic worker’s daily work, make out a list of duties of a domestic worker, so that she had a sense of the work. More in-depth approach is to give her a schedule so that she can do the housework step by step. It’s also convenient for employer to check-up.

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2. Care about the domestic worker's mental needs

Many domestic workers (maids) are young and have just arrived in a foreign country. They will inevitably miss their hometown and their loved ones. Full with homesickness, many of them would quit of were fired by the employers. Helping them to overcome from this first stage, they can work steadily for the employer's family. Employer can introduce kindly the details of their own and their family, as well as living environment and job, in order to show friendship. Employer can also encourage domestic worker to make home call to their family, reporting safety. When on their rest days, employer can suggest them to go out with fellow for gatherings, relieving their anxiety; or encourage domestic worker to spend her free time on reading books and watching movies, expanding her interest which can divert her attention. The domestic worker can adapt to the new environment as soon as possible, which undoubtedly benefits the new work and employers' families.

3. Maintain good communication habits

Miscommunication often leads to big problems, which can be between husband and wife, between superior and subordinates, between domestic worker agency and employers, or between employer and domestic worker. The worst is relationships broken up between them. Maintaining good communication habits is a required course. For domestic workers (maids), employers can arrange to meet twice a month or once a week for face-to-face conversations, to understand her opinions about her work, to find out what she cannot do, to mentally assist her in time, or to fine-tune her work. If there is friction between the employer and the domestic worker, you can ask for mediation support from employment agency. You can no longer consider replacing the domestic workers (maids) if needed. However, good communication habits must be developed to prevent accidents.

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4. Reward and punishment clearly for the maid

In addition to complying with the law to paying domestic workers (maids) salary , but also can arrangem reward and punishment system is to help domestic workers (maids) to understand the employer distinguishes between right and wrong. Furthermore, it’s not only let her be assured of work, but also allow her to realize that bad things can not be done, while good things can be done more. For example, dishes made by a domestic worker can be scored once a week, so that she can make continuous improvements in this area, and so on. Of course, if you make punishment, do not go beyond the scope of the law. It’s mainly to enable domestic workers (maids) to develop awareness of the work rules.

There is no limit methods to getting along with the domestic worker, and the ultimate goal is to achieve the goal of eliminating the requirement to change domestic worker (maid) regularly so that the domestic workers (maids) hired can work stably for our families, saving us money and energy, and achieving a win-win situation.

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