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Created 26th November, 2023

Domestic Staff Dilemma: Necessity or Luxurious Circus?

Oh, the hullabaloo surrounding domestic staff – it's like a real-life soap opera, whether they're invading your home, your office, or your general vicinity. With all the horror stories we hear, it's tough to decide whether they're a necessary addition to our lives or just plain evil masterminds in disguise. I've got friends who swear off having anyone set foot in their homes ever again, all because of some wild past experiences – or, let's be honest, their friends' equally wild escapades. But let's not forget, we're dealing with flesh-and-blood human beings here, and humans are as diverse as a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get!

Now, you might be curious about my secret sauce for keeping my cook and driver for a whopping 18 years. People always ask me, "What's your mystical formula?" They're convinced I'm brewing up some sort of Hogwarts potion to keep them around. But here's the scoop: I've got an etiquette strategy that's been working for me. I've taught my staff what makes me tick, what I like, and when they've pushed the boundaries a bit too far. Because let's face it, there are times when a gentle scolding or a high-five is in order.

We all have our domestic staff – nannies, cooks, housekeepers, cleaners, errand runners, drivers, and security folks – and they come from every corner of life.
The big question is, who are you letting crash at your place? Are they young, old, mature, hitched? How comfortable do you feel with them?

  • There are a million and one reasons you might need to enlist some domestic reinforcements:
    Maybe your job has you working till the cows come home, or you're neck-deep in a project that keeps you burning the midnight oil. In those moments, you need someone to keep an eye on your little rascals.

  • Or perhaps you've got mini-humans who need a superhero school pickup, homework assistance, or after-school tutor. Heck, maybe your little one is too tiny to tackle school, and you need a trusty sidekick for the day. It's a domestic staff jamboree out there, but remember, it's not all doom and gloom – there's a dash of comedy too!

Now, onto the hiring process! Before you bring someone into your sanctuary, it's like a reality show audition – but without the cameras (well, sometimes with them). You gotta dig into their experience, goals, ambitions, and, of course, their big, beautiful web of lies.

  • Once you've survived the interview phase, it's time for the "trial period." You know, like a free sample at Costco, but with people. Usually 1, 3, or 7 days, depending on how bold you're feeling. This is when you might witness their peak performance – think of it as the movie trailer before the full feature.

  • Next up, the medical test – non-negotiable, folks! Nobody wants any unexpected health surprises in their cozy abode. And, for heaven's sake, go to a reputable medical facility. We're not talking about a shady back-alley clinic here.

  • Watch out for those temperaments! Some folks are all charm during interviews, but it's like they transform into the Hulk at the drop of a hat. Nobody wants a domestic staff with an inner green monster. Be vigilant – your little ones might not speak up about it!

  • Oh, and don't forget the "mini-nurse" or health aide role, for health reasons or disabilities. They're like the house health superhero, but with a cape, not a spandex suit. Sometimes, your job status just lands you with a bonus – it's a domestic staff package deal. But remember, no one's irreplaceable. You might have to roll up your sleeves and tackle tasks if push comes to shove.

So, here's the takeaway: I've developed a home operation manual, and everyone in my household knows their role like they're in a Broadway production. Sure, there are days when things go haywire, but it's how you handle the chaos that counts. It all boils down to the right behavior and attitude from your staff.

Lastly, and most importantly, trust your gut! If you've got even the tiniest inkling that something's off, don't wait for the plot to thicken. Take action now and give the boot! Your gut feeling rarely leads you astray, unlike your GPS on a road trip."


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