09 Mar Three Top Tips for a Match “Maid” in Heaven
You’ve just brought a total stranger into your home. For the next 1-2 years, she will work for you, operate your household appliances, cook your meals, and look after your family. However, she may likely be from a foreign culture, practice a different religion, and speak a different native language. Sounds like a scenario ripe with potential for strained relationship, doesn’t it? But this is exactly what happens when you hire a maid. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to build a good employer-employee relationship with your maid, even if it isn’t a match “maid” in heaven from the start.
One: Know Your Obligations
The basic foundation for a harmonious relationship with your maid is to ensure that you know your obligations as an employer. This includes, for instance, providing your maid with a weekly rest day, or, if she chooses to forgo her rest days, adequately compensating her for it. Another obligation for employers is to provide the maid with insurance coverage. Did you know that besides plans such as fire insurance, home insurance and personal accident insurance, Etiqa also has an excellent maid insurance plan to help you protect your home and family? Called ePROTECT maid, this plan provides personal accident insurance for your maid, covers her hospitalisation and surgical expenses, frees you from paying S$5,000 upfront for the required Security Bond, and even indemnifies you against third-party liability resulting from incidents caused by your maid.
Two: Set Clear (and Reasonable) Expectations on Tasks
In the corporate world people create workplans and set targets. These align people in the company and bring them onto the same page. Similarly, it is a good practice to set clear expectations for your maid. To avoid ambiguity, you can draw up a timetable, or else simply draw up a list of tasks to do carried out each day and allow your maid to plan her own timetable.
When setting expectation and tasks, bear in mind that some maids may not be familiar with modern household appliances (some modern appliances are indeed so feature-packed usage is not initiative). Some first-timer maids might not even have stayed in a high-rise flat before. So do give them time to learn and adapt.
Three: – Be as Understanding and Appreciative as Possible
Treating your maid with kindness and understanding is also key to fostering a great employer-employee relationship. She will be appreciative when she sees that you care about her welfare. Your maid has left her home and family to make a living overseas. When you protect her with maid insurance, you are by extension protecting her family as well. Knowing that you have chosen a good maid insurance plan for her goes a long way. After all, if we want the best life insurance and personal accident insurance for our families, shouldn’t we get the best maid insurance for this integral member of our household as well? Check out the Thank Etiqa It’s Friday sales for discounts on the ePROTECT maid insurance plan.
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Protecting more than 300,000 homes in Singapore since 1961, Etiqa is best known as the appointed insurer for the Singapore Housing Development Board (HDB) Fire Insurance Scheme. Etiqa also provides comprehensive life and general insurance solutions with affordable and transparent insurance premiums. These include motor insurance (including motorcycle insurance), travel insurance, home insurance, maid insurance, , insurance savings plan, retirement and . Etiqa is one of the first insurance companies in Singapore to empower its customers with online insurance, offering innovative, customer-centric experience such as real-time travel delay insurance and usage-based car insurance.
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