Motivating A Helper
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Motivating A Helper

Date Posted: 24/08/2020


Hiring a trustworthy can seem complicated. What’s harder is when you find someone who is reliable, but they don’t want to work for you. There can be a lot of factors playing as to why helpers leave their employers. It’s most likely that some employers fail to give these trustworthy employees reasons to stay and continue working for them.


For this blog post, we will discuss why a helper wants to leave their employer and what you can do to prevent this from happening or the possible solutions.


1. Feeling alone or lonely.

Emotionally, it’s never easy for someone to be far away for friends and family, especially if you know you can’t see them for a long time. This is one of the reasons why helpers leave their employers. They feel so lonely and alone that it already causes them not to enjoy their work and feel sad all the time. When helpers feel isolated and disconnected, it gives them an unpleasant experience.



  • You can build up your relationship with your helper so they will feel less lonely. You can start by making casual conversations so they will also feel more at home and comfortable.
  • Involve them in your events or celebrations like birthdays or anniversaries.
  • Don’t just interact with them about work, but also get to know them well.


2. Feeling unsatisfied with salary.


All countries have employment rights for foreign domestic helpers. But, if not communicated properly, this can lead to frustration. With that, it can be demotivating and cause them to leave work without explaining themselves.




  • Communicate all the details regarding their salary correctly. Do this before the employment even begins. Remember that all helpers should not receive less than the minimum wage.
  • Tell them when they get paid, so they know what to expect.
  • Do not forget to tell them all the salary conditions before they sign their contract with you. This will bring clarity and also will prevent future problems during their employment with you.



3. Lack of rest or privacy


Privacy is always important, regardless of the nature of someone’s job. Everyone deserves to have their privacy. Also, to have their time to rest and be energized after a day’s work.

However, there are cases when employers don’t consider the need for helpers to take their time off and need some private time. Depending on the employer’s schedule and requirements, this leaves the domestic helper to feel very exhausted because of meeting the demands of work.


Inevitably, this will lead to physical and mental stress that can build up over time. What adds to this is the anxiety when there’s no privacy.



  • What you can do is make a proper work schedule with a consistent start and end time that includes breaks, so helpers feel rested as well.
  • Please respect their privacy, giving them space where they can take their break to feel energized again.
  • You can also tell them that they can close their room doors during break hours so that they’ll feel more comfortable to balance the lack of privacy.


4. Sentiments about food


All helpers are obliged to; provided food or a food allowance from their employer. This sometimes gets confusing because helpers don’t know how much food they are entitled to or when they can eat.


This can lead to frustration. Rather than directly discussing with employers, their shyness overpowers them, which leads to disliking the food choices. The helper then chooses to leave the employment quietly.



  • You can offer food allowance to the helper because this will avoid conflict over the amount of food they will get. Food allowance is a great way to prevent disputes that can arise when employers and helpers’ food choices don’t match.
  • You can also have a fixed date for giving food allowance so that your employee knows when to expect.
  • If ever you will push through with the free food, then set out expectations such as the portion of the grain of the helper, a separate cabinet for her food.


There are many ways you can build trust between you and your helper, and these are just a few of the many. If you treat your helper with love and respect, just like a human, you will often have those attitudes reciprocated. Just because you are kind to your helper, doesn’t mean it will affect the standard of her work. In fact, in many cases, Helpers work better in a positive environment.



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