Tips for a Healthy Employer-Employee Relationship




  • Articulate clearly your expectations (in writing if needed) including task schedules and interaction with your family (including child discipline)
  • Expect a transition period for your employee (even an experienced domestic helper) to learn new skills and acclimate to your household
  • Provide constructive job performance feedback regularly


Avoid Common Mistakes

  • Grant all 14 annual Statutory Holidays. Payment in lieu of holiday is not allowed by law.
  • Confirm that your employee is getting enough food.  Many domestic helpers are hungry but are afraid to let their employers know
  • If you are going to give a food allowance, this should be paid at the beginning of the month



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Last updated on April 16th, 2024

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