Domestic Staffing

Top qualities to look for in a domestic worker

If you are thinking about hiring a domestic worker to help you out around the home, it's important to be selective in your choosing. Whether it's for cooking, cleaning or a combination of tasks, hiring domestic help can make your life significantly easier and more manageable, freeing you up to focus on other areas of your busy life that need tending to. 

However, as with any position, the candidate you hire will play a pivotal role in the kind of experience you have with your professional aid. 

Considering that this person is going to be spending a lot of time in your house – and perhaps maybe even living there full-time, depending on the role and your needs – it is crucial that you take the time to ensure you find someone who you feel confident and comfortable with. Part of making sure that happens is being careful in the vetting and selection process and knowing ahead of time exactly who your ideal candidate is, as well as some of the key qualities, skills and traits they possess. Establishing this early in the process will make it easier to identify suitable applicants.

While there are likely a wide range of attributes you prefer your employee to have, there are a few main qualities that every domestic worker should have, such as the following:

Of course, one of the most important traits to look for is trustworthiness. If this person is going to be caring for your child or around your personal possessions, you need to know that they are able to demonstrate high level of ethical and moral responsibility. 

"If a person is going to spend time in your home, they must prove to be ethically and morally responsible."

If the position you are looking to fill is to assist with long-term needs you have, it's helpful to find someone who is willing to stay engaged and committed to a job for a given period of time. Inquiring about what brought the candidate into their current field and what they are hoping to accomplish in their professional careers can offer a glimpse into how serious they are about the role. For example, if they are simply trying to find domestic staffing gigs as a filler until they find something new, it may increase the chances of them abruptly leaving to pursue another opportunity with little notice.

Furthermore, if the role you are hiring for, for instance, is a live-in caregiver, and they have a long history that demonstrates their interest in the medical field, it's more likely that the role you are hiring them for is one they will excel in and stay committed to.

Although this person may be living with you or spending a lot of time with you in a personal or private setting, at the end of the day the relationship is still a working one that requires a certain degree of professionalism to be maintained, on both ends, at all time. 

Finding someone to assist you with your household and family needs is a major undertaking – one that becomes significantly easier and more effective with the help of a professional domestic staffing agency.

At Colonial Domestic Agency, we understand your concerns, which is why we conduct in-depth interviews with each applicant to find someone who is trustworthy, dependable and experienced for your specific needs.

Contact Colonial Domestic Agency for more information.

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