Today, one out of every six Singaporean households employs a Migrant Domestic Worker (MDW). With MDWs assisting with household chores and caring for our children and the elderly, more Singaporeans are able to join the workforce, knowing that our homes are well cared for while we are at work.
As with any employer-employee relationship, it is critical that both parties work together to create a harmonious working environment. As an employer, you play an important role in assisting your helper in adjusting to life and work in Singapore.
Getting Your MDW Started:
By going through the checklist below, you can help your helper get started on the right foot.
No #1 - Job Duties
Make a list of her responsibilities and go over them with her.Provide a daily or weekly schedule if possible.
No #2 - Safety
Go through household safety procedures with your Migrant Domestic Worker (MDW).
No #3 - Hygiene
Make sure your MDW knows what you expect of her, for example:
Hygiene in the preparation of food and beverages
Tips to avoid the spread of common illnesses (such as a cold or flu)
The cleanliness of the house
No #4 - Terms and Conditions of Employment
Explain the employment contract's terms and conditions, including:
Salary and payment method
Scope of duties
No #5 - Emergency telephone numbers
In an emergency, your MDW should know where to go for aid. Give her a list of numbers to call in an emergency, such as:
Your mobile phone /office number
Contact numbers of other family members in case of emergency
No #6 - First Aid
Your helper should be taught how to handle minor injuries.
Treating minor cuts and bruises
Using common drugs and medications (for eg, cough syrup, Panadol)
When to call for an ambulance
No #7 - Your Helper’s Legal Obligations
Ensure that your migrant domestic worker (MDW) understands her obligations under the Work Permit Conditions.
No #8 - About Singapore
Give her an overview of Singapore culture and your lifestyle. For example:
Your working hours and daily schedule
The different races in Singapore
Some local customs
Migrant Domestic Worker (MDW) who are new to Singapore will need time to adjust to our way of life. Even if your helper has worked in Singapore before, she will need time to understand your expectations of her. Help your FDW fit into your family by showing her care and understanding.
If you're thinking about hiring a migrant domestic worker (MDW) but aren't sure where to begin, contact Swift Maids for a professional consultation on finding a trustworthy helper for your home.