Training your helper to understand your family’s needs does not have to be tedious. Little Steps asked Helpwise, a consulting service for employers of domestic helpers, for tips on easy and fast training techniques for busy families. With today’s internet and Smartphones, they have recommended three wonderfully time-saving ways to train your helper in 60 seconds. Let’s go!
Find a picture online that will show your helper what you’d like to teach her. For instance, if she keeps forgetting how to set the table properly, you can search Google images for “table setting“, and then print out the table setting image that you like. Give her the print-out to keep, or put it up on your refrigerator.
You can also use that handy “print” button to give her instructions or recipes. Simply search for things like "how to clean a sofa" or "easy spaghetti recipe". Copy and paste those instructions into a Word document, and press print! You can buy a folder from the stationery store for your helper to store the various print-out instructions that you give her, so she can have them handy for future reference.
Some tasks or recipes are difficult to describe to your helper. Luckily, these days you can find short videos online on just about any topic. Try searching YouTube for a quick video that explains the task you want your helper to get better at, such as "how to pick a ripe avocado". Watch the short video with your helper, and then ask her if she has any questions. I’m always amazed at how helpful a few seconds of video-watching can be!