How to manage your domestic helper's (maid) schedule in Malaysia?
Finding the right balance between sufficient rest and productive work for your domestic helpers requires structure and some experience. With a clear schedule, employers can rest assured that expectations are clearly communicated. This helps near helpers settle in more readily to your household and pick up your household routine within a matter of weeks!
You can start by thinking about the daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks that you would like the domestic helper to assist with.
From here, you can start scheduling your domestic helper's schedule and tweak it along the way to make it work for your family and the domestic helper.
For example, daily tasks can be listed like this:
Wake up and start preparing breakfast
Wake children up and help them get ready for school
Breakfast is ready
730am - 10am
Have breakfast, collect laundry from rooms, start laundry, clean rooms, and take out garbage from rooms, hand laundry
10am - 11am
11am - 1pm
Prepare and serve lunch, wash dishes, eat lunch
1pm - 230pm
Collect laundry, iron clothes, fold clothes and put them back to cupboards
2:30pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm to 5pm
Prepare ingredients for dinner, wait for children arrival, play with children, help them get ready for dinner
5pm - 7pm
Prepare dinner, set table, help children with eating, eat dinner
7 - 8pm
Wipe down kitchen, do the dishes, take out the garbage
Weekly tasks can be assigned to a specific day of the week:
Monday: Change bedsheets and towels
Tuesday: Clean the toilets
Wednesday: Deep clean the kitchen
Thursday: Clean the air purifiers
Friday: Clean the study room
Saturday: Mop floors and stairs and wipe dust from surfaces
Sunday: Off day
Lastly, monthly tasks and seasonal tasks can be assigned on an ad hoc basis.
To prevent your domestic helper from burning out, it's important to provide sufficient rest time during the day and encourage your domestic helper to take their rest days.
Domestic helpers draw a lot of support from their peers. It is highly beneficial for the family and the domestic helper if the domestic helper is able to build their own community and support system outside the family home.
For domestic helpers who are hired for caregiving needs, it's important to significantly reduce the housekeeping tasks for the domestic helper and avoid assigning any additional care tasks, such as caring for children or pets.
Domestic helpers who are hired as caregiver are most prone to burn out. To enable the domestic helper to care diligently for your loved ones, ensure that sufficient rest is provided and encouraged.
So this is how you can manage your new domestic helper's schedule! We hope you've found this post helpful. Comment and share if you did!
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