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How to keep your house-help happy

03 August 2016, 19:00 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - A long time ago before education was free and women enlightenment and empowerment happened as well as mobile phones; it was easy to get a help. So easy. I am not saying that the aforementioned stuff, especially the first three are bad but driving home a point on how they have affected some.

Your help ran away, you just call home or talk to a friend.

Your help left the baby at the neighbour’s and ran away, again- repeat.

Your help is tired; you just got another one.

Your help is talking too much to the neighbour’s watchman; fired.

She is looking at you the wrong way, fired.

She thinks she is the head of the house; fired. Just got another one like yesterday’s old news.

It was easy replacing them because there was a lot of supply. There were not that many opportunities and some got pregnant and dropped out, so they were there. That is why some people got away with doing so many awful things to some other people’s children. You had to put up with it because there was always someone in line to take your job.

But now, it is different and the helps know it and you know it. Now, getting a good house girl has become like searching for a needle in a hay stack.

If you get a good one; that is just about her work, takes care of your kids properly and you can trust her and is not up to some shadiness like wearing your clothes- be happy. You just become happy and grateful and you just want to take care of her and make sure she stays.

You can no longer even find the live- ins these days and the ones that know there job are the mature ones that want to sit on your head and roll their eyes when you give them instructions. They also don’t want to be live in because they have families here.

If she is not selling your household items while you are at work, be grateful.

If she is not pinching or ignoring your kids while you are away, maybe travelling; show appreciation. They also deserve off days. Even if it is not in the agreement. Let the kids clean-up for once.

If she does not gossip about you and take your family problems outside; appreciate her. Pray you get an introvert. The one that likes being here and there will show up with a product one day after a couple of months.

Do something nice for your help once in a while- give them a bonus or two and a shopping for their parents. You know very well that that money you pay her is not enough for her, her parents, her own family and the other people that want to eat from her.

She will do better when you do better.

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