Once the maid is deployed to you, she becomes your full responsibility under MOM rules and regulations. That is an onerous responsibility. But do not worry. The rules and regulations are fair and reasonable. They simply spell out how we should treat our fellow human beings, such as giving the maid adequate rest, sufficient space and privacy, proper meals, a safe working environment, humane and respectful treatment from members of the household.
You play an important role in developing a meaningful employer-maid relationship. You set the rules, you draw the boundaries and you ensure that your maid does not deviate or change those rules and boundaries.
You also play a very important role in the personal development of your maid. Driven by circumstances, your maid has given up the comfort and safety of her home to work in Singapore to fulfil her dreams or in search of a better life for herself and her family. You can help her realise her dreams.
At the beginning, on-the-job training may result in some damages, broken plates, carpet spills. These are part and parcel of your maid adjusting to your home environment.
Don’t despair, don’t give up. On average it takes 3 to 6 months for your maid to get used to her new environment and responsibilities. With patience on your part and the right attitude on the maid’s part, this learning period can be considerably shortened.