How To Deal With Cultural Differences With Your Domestic Helper?

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Are you thinking of hiring a maid in Singapore, but afraid about cultural differences? No problem, it’s common to face this issue with domestic helpers. But the main point is to identify those differences and looking for solutions to avoid them. 

People around the world belong to different backgrounds. They are different because of the varying upbringings and cultures. It’s alright to have that difference, but when it comes to hiring a domestic helper, you need to be very careful. Today, in this article, we will discuss how to deal with domestic helper cultural differences, so let’s get started!

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Don’t compare

It would be unfair if you will keep comparing your domestic helper with your old one, then it would create conflicts. You need to drop it. It’s common for us to set a benchmark for new workers against their forerunners. But it can make things worse. 

Especially in the initial months, you shouldn’t compare your helper with your old one. This is the time you will build your relationship with your helper. You need to build trust. Give your domestic helper to get settled with time, and adjust in your culture. 

Cultural differences versus habits

There is a thin line between cultural differences and habits. Yes, it’s necessary to identify between them. You will be confused by it at first if your domestic helper does something or does not. It all depends on her previous working experience. Yes, if you have hired a helper who has 10 years of experience in Singapore, you will surely know to handle the garbage and use the washing machine accurately. But it’s not always necessary, so it’s better to communicate your habits and expectations ahead. 

In case if your helper is new, then she will face cultural differences more than the experienced ones.

For instance, you don’t know why she uses bottled water to wash veggies or to cook food. It’s not because she wants you to spend more money, it’s just she doesn’t trust in tap water. So these could be little differences that make a big difference, so you need to address them. 

What to do to avoid these cultural conflicts or differences?

It could be challenging to deal with helper cultural differences. But there is something you can do to limit these conflicts. 

  • Communication is necessary: You need to figure out if you and your helper can communicate well; only this way, you can ensure she can understand your instructions. 
  • Ask questions: Before hiring, you need to ask essential questions regarding basic cleaning or household chores. Like if she knows how to use a cooker or a food processor. 
  • Give clear instructions: You need to pass clear instructions like if today is laundry day, you should inform her ahead. 
  • Don’t rebuke: Mistakes happen in the starting, but you don’t need to be tough. Be polite and cooperate. Understand her difficulties so that she can improve. 

These are some ways you can avoid cultural differences. Homekeeper Maid Agency in Singapore is ready to serve you with the best. All our domestic workers are experienced and well-trained to let you get peace of mind.

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About the Author

Linda Seh has over 20 years of experience in the Employment industry. She takes the time to thoroughly interview each family and helper to understand their requirements, personalities, and preferences. Her intuition and insight has helped her make placements that result in lasting, harmonious working relationships. Linda now leverages this expertise and experience to simplify your search and ensure you find the ideal and qualified helper to become a valued member of your family.