Struggles Face by Employer towards their Maid
The ever increasing of women in the workplace has created a scene of double career couples. Both husband and wife are pursuing their professions while at the same time rearing a family. The duality of the careers does not stop the need to raise the children. The absence of both parents comes with its difficulties; thus the children have to be raised and the household chores should run on the clockwork basis. These sides of a family life are passed on to the domestic workers.
Hiring a foreign live in maid has never been easy for most employers in Singapore. How will you know you are hiring someone worthy of your trust? There are number of steps that an employer needs to undergo; looking for a right agency, screening of bio data, a thorough background checks and of course the costs involved. It is not cheap to hire a maid; one can spend as much as $2000 to $3000. Employers consider themselves fortunate when they hired a good one. The question is “what happens when they become the opposite of what employer wants?
This will be a struggle and a challenge since there will be an additional member living in the house who is a complete stranger. As employers, they are hoping to have someone whom they can expect to perform with efficiency in their absence. With clear house rules, day to day routine work schedules and instructions, what is least expected is employers ended up terrified towards what the maid had done.
The issue of language barrier causes simple tasks in daily life to be difficult. Some helpers are Non English Speakers. Failed communication is one of the predicaments face by employers. The inability of the maid to comprehend can cause her to missed instructions which lead to unsatisfactory and undone work; her work is not up to how you want things done around the house and you ended up doing it. In a long run, this issue can also affect the relationship of both which leads to mistrust and being distant from each other.
Like anything else having a helper means you’ll have troubles along the way. Social media electrify thousands of people including helpers which have become their way out from being away from their loved ones. They happen to be more engaged and more connected with friends, more open to creating new relationships with opposite sex. They started to neglect their responsibilities, forgot to feed the children on time, has given the wrong medicine to your elderly patients, dirty clothes are still inside the washing machine, pets poop are all over and even herself is untidy. The house is in a great mess. CCTV is checked what went through for the whole day and caught the maid all eyes and hands on the phone.
The maids socialize with their friends during off days. She might be influenced negatively or may get involved in an unwanted relationship. Some maids become demanding after comparing with their friends about their employers such as they will demand for more off days, not willing to do their responsibilities, they argue with their employer if they are unhappy. They started to rebel and irritate their employers by bringing friends and even boyfriend over the house. Stealing is possible to happen. The worst thing to occur is when the maid gets pregnant.
The solution to the employer’s problem becomes another problem. Taking a replacement again in maid agency is a big decision to make since the first maid broke your trust. . Unfortunately, maids can be an endless struggle. It can be a heavy burden if the maid fails to perform the household chores. The risk of losing your job is also at stake. Nobody is at home to run the regular chores and you chose to be the one than getting a domestic worker.