Even though you find your domestic helper hard working and dedicated, you might want her to take more initiative. That’s why you want her to enterprise more so that she does not get stuck to her daily schedule. Supervising, motivating
and guiding a domestic helper is a challenging task. If you are frustrated by her lack of independence, take action earlier rather than later. The longer you wait, the more complicated it will become to change established behavior
- In order to successfully manage your domestic helper, you need to assess her current independence.
Does she take initiative when cooking, but not when it comes to cleaning or vice versa? Does she do things in her own way when you are not present? Each situation will require a different action plan, but we have created
a list that will help you manage how she takes initiative.
- Give her time to get used to your style of managing and your household dynamics.
- She should use the first weeks, perhaps even a month, to get to know you and your family’s preferences and expectations.
- She needs to find the right balance between taking her own initiative based on her training and your expectations.
- Whatever you do, give her space
- Administering may be necessary for the beginning, but if you overdo it, your domestic helper could feel uncomfortable and unhappy with her work.
- Talk to your domestic helper to ensure your instructions are clear
- Even if you want her to work autonomously, she will still have to follow certain instructions.
- You need to tell her clearly and explicitly your family preferences, rather than expect her to figure it out.
- What may seem normal to you is probably not to her.
- You might even have to tell her your household’s hygiene habits, if you want her to keep on what you were used to do before, be clear when you want her to follow your instructions and when she can decide on her own.
- Give her a schedule of weekly and daily tasks with priorities clearly listed.
- Prioritize the duties for her in case she cannot finish them all due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Help her to also create her own schedules
- Allow her to make adjustments the longer she works for you. She may find a different schedule more efficient, especially as duties will change as your children grow and she will be able to handle them independently.
- Accept that she won’t be perfect at everything
- Nobody is perfect. Do talk to her so that your expectations are well explained.
With this list, you should be able to improve your domestic helper attitude and enable her to take more initiative and efficiency. However, if you continue to be dissatisfied with her progress, talked to her about it. Most
employers are looking for a domestic helper who takes initiative and who can work independently. Even if they have worked for other families, it doesn’t mean that your expectations of her independency are the same.