Hiring a Domestic Manager or Domestic Worker
HIRING A DOMESTIC MANAGER (DM)
What are you looking for?
- Age. What age would you be comfortable with?
- Educational background. Even if she did not go far with school she should be able to read simple instructions in English and Kiswahili.
- Family background. Is she married? Does she have children? Where did she grow up? How was her family life?
- Her physical health. Any wounds, recurrent illnesses, family illnesses?
- Experience. Where and when has she worked before? Does she have references? Why did she leave her previous job?
- Your expectations, i.e. salary, working hours, off days, medical care, family emergencies, etc. Have these in mind before you meet a prospective employee. (They must also be reasonable).
- Religion. Even if this is not an issue in your household it may be an issue for her. This should always be clarified.
- Interaction with children. How well does she bond with children? Does she consider them a priority or a distraction in the home?
- Basic first aid knowledge.
- Grooming. Your first impression always counts though it should not form the basis of your final decision.
- Have in mind the specific duties that you would want her to do. Do you want a nanny, a housekeeper, or both?
- Willingness to learn and to follow instructions. If you get one who has worked before, you need to be sure that she will adapt to how you run your household.
- Willingness to respect the rules and boundaries in your household, e.g. TV time, family time, privacy, etc.
- Respect, respect, respect. Even if she is older than you, she must still treat you with respect. There must also be clear guidelines on interaction with DH.
- You need to be aware of all the requirements of the Ministry of Labour, just in case the DM quotes them.
What is she looking for in a job? Why does she really want to work?
- Her expectations. Salary, working hours, off days, duties, interaction with DH and kids, etc.
- Her future plans and how these will or will not affect her job.
- Does she love children? How well does she bond with them? Does she consider them a priority in the home?
- Does she recognize that every home has different rules and boundaries?
- How does she view interactions with the male members of the family? What about those with older relatives e.g. MIL, FIL?
- Does she have any basic first aid knowledge?
- Is she willing to learn?
- For how long is she willing to work for you?
- Is she aware of the current labour laws?