Perhaps the most common dilemma for housewives is whether or not to “invest” in a household staffer. The “investment” may come in many forms: fancy uniforms, additional health benefits, travel opportunities as well as separate skills training. I often get comments like, “Why should I spend so much for her? What if she leaves me?” Let me ask YOU… “What if she DOES leave you? What are the consequences for you? How much have you lost?”
More often than not, the feeling of being short-changed or paghihinayang takes over the best, most well-intentioned of us. After all, why should I devote both time and effort towards the betterment of a person who may or may not reciprocate? So why even try? Isn’t it foolish to invest in something that has no guaranteed returns?
I guess it would be if your staffer was a commodity on the stock market or perhaps a business venture that was expected to produce profits. However, the situation is obviously not such. Your staffer is a human being tasked to help you with your daily needs, just as you are tasked to take care of theirs. If you are not of the same opinion as the sentence that precedes this one, brace yourself for the next.
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It is your responsibility to improve the life of those who have helped you with yours. In as much as staffers can be considered “caregivers”, we as employers must consider ourselves as “caretakers”. We are given many more blessing and as such are in a better position to “take care” of others.
So the next time a situation presents itself where your staffer would perhaps like to go back to school on Saturdays in lieu of a day off, let her. Or if she would like to take additional cooking lessons to better perform her duties for your family, let her. If you have a chance to help another human being to the best of your abilities, especially if she already belongs to your household, then why not?
Click here to read on about important questions to ask yourself and other points to consider before investing in a yaya.