Helpers are an important part of most families today. Besides ensuring that the house is well taken care of, they also babysit and take care of your little ones while you go out to work. To ensure mutual respect and worry-free childcare, it is essential to build a positive and encouraging relationship with your helper.
- Show her how to do things yourself
If there is a particular way you want things done by your helper, you have to be involved when it comes to giving instructions, delegating, and following through. For example, clean the bedrooms with her to show her what my concept of ‘clean’ is. Your helper will learn a lot from your example.
- Create a daily checklist for her
Delineate your helpers with jobs and responsibilities. This way, there’s division of accountability. What’s more, it also helps her get into a routine or understand your routine especially if she is new.
- Make a reasonable schedule for her
Print out a daily schedule that’s manageable for your helper. Post it on a highly visible and accessible spot, such as the refrigerator door or her bathroom mirror, so your helper can easily refer to it.
- Print a directory for emergencies
Provide a list of all mobile and landline numbers she can call should an emergency arise. Include detailed instructions for specific situations such as first-aid cases, security concerns, and overall safety.
- Set aside time to sit down with her for feedback
Most helpers complain of lack of sleep or rest, insufficient food supply at home, work overload, or uncomfortable sleep spaces. Talk to your house help to find out how to best improve her work environment.
- Create a checklist of her strengths and weaknesses
Know what your house help is capable of – mentally, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Assign her tasks that are suitable for her without being forced.
This is because once she feels uncomfortable, she will tend to make more mistakes that would in turn, demoralise her because of your never-ending corrections. True motivation comes from first knowing what motivates your helper as an individual.
- Give her incentives to work for
The use of mobile phones, days off, and rest periods are expected, but consideriving your house help other benefits, too.
What are some issues you’ve had with your helper, and how did you manage them? Share them with us in the comments below!