Aug
15

Managing a live in maid

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Hello all,

This is my first post.  I set up this blog to share with you my experiences.  Perhaps the information is helpful to you.   For a start, I would like to share with you the following topic:

Managing A Live In Maid

I have been employing maids to help out since 13 years ago.  My mom has always been the maid trainer.  By talking to her daily, I learn about the common problems she faces with all the maids:  Managing a live in maid

1) Language:  We have employed both Indonesian and Filipino maids.  My mom speaks very little Malay and English, but she tries to learn daily.  Today, most of our maids can understand what she says.  Isn’t she great?  At age 70+, she still has not stop learning. 

2) Hygiene: The maids come from small villages.  They do not have proper toilets back home.  They don’t use toilet paper and the method they use to wash dishes are very different.  If you do not pay attention, the cloth that they use to wipe the toilet seat, will also be used to wipe all the tables in the house too.  They sweep the floor first, then they wipe the dust on the table down to the floor again…. etc

It takes a lot of patience and work to educate them.   

The first day of work is always an introduction day.  She will be introduced to the family members, followed by a short tour around the house where she will be told some of the basic things she needs to know (e.g. who lives in which room).  House tour

The tour ends when she gets to her room so she can unpack her luggage and change into her working clothes.  My mom will start to instruct her on how to help in household chores.  The first day will be a messy day because she would be very new to the environment, regardless of how experience she is.  There will be hiccups here and there.  Anyway, after dinner, there will be an official briefing session for her.

It is getting late and I am tired, let us will continue tomorrow….., click here for more coming post.

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