HOUSEHOLD STAFF TRAINING

The Art of perfect cleaning and organization at home is the result of all the work done behind the scenes by invisible heroes.

A well-managed home depends on a professionally trained staff member who knows how to do their job in the most efficient way in order to deal with it and also learns to be proactive by identifying possible problems.

Qualified domestic staff is identified by great attention to detail and the pursuit of excellence, however additional specific training may be necessary to facilitate knowledge, identify gaps and address skills according to different individual preferences.

In the same way as in any other job it is important to clearly establish from the beginning rules and expectations of the tasks that need to be performed. It will be the employer's responsibility to equip the staff with the tools and resources necessary to perform the job in the most applicable manner.

PROFESSIONAL HOUSEHOLD TRAINING

 

WASHING AND IRONING

Washing and ironing professionals are highly valued by those who have a special affinity for their clothing and keeping the clothing in superb condition. A professional must have extensive knowledge with regards to different types of fabrics and the best way to wash and iron them. These professionals also need to make sure that there are always appropriate towels and bedding at home whilst also providing solutions with regards to the removal of the most difficult stains.

There is ample science behind the art of ironing or pressing, the iron works by smoothing the links between the long chains of polymer molecules that exist in the fibers of the material. The fibers stretch and maintain their new shape when cooled. This is achieved with heat as it works as a heating resistor with weight. Some materials such as cotton require the use of water or water vapor to loosen intermolecular fabrics in order to be ironed more effectively.

In a nut shell, not everyone has the knowledge or passion for this type of work.

 

CLEANING

The duty of cleaning functions implies the proper use of chemical and disinfection products, being able to remove different types of dirt and apply effective protocols according to the occasion.
Cleaning and disinfection are two different procedures, it must be cleaned and then disinfected. A well-trained staff member will distinguish both processes and apply them correctly.
It is important to develop a procedure for each operation and keep a record of what is done.

 

ORGANIZATION AND THE CARE OF CLOTHING

Clothes need a routine that involves organization and care with specific maintenance techniques so that the clothes are in good condition and ready for any occasion.
The professional trained in the organizational care and order of clothing will be responsible for the following tasks, amongst others.

  • Making sure there are no moths or other insects in the corners of the wardrobe that eat clothing fibers.
  • After using a garment and if cleaning is not necessary, ventilate it before storing it in the closet. Ventilation eliminates odors and reduces the need for any dry-cleaning.
  • Buttons and hems must always be in perfect condition.
  • Hangers must be appropriate to the size and fabric of each garment.
  • Identification of spots that should be treated professionally in a dry cleaner.
  • Making sure that there isn’t too much moisture in the cabinets and closets.
  • Restoring the order of each garment according to its use, category and color while also playing with space and volume.

 

THE KITCHEN

The person employed who will be responsible for the kitchen will also be responsible for the selection, storage, and preparation of the food. They will show creativity in the elaboration of different dishes, as well as in the decoration and presentation of them while always using the most appropriate corresponding crockery.
Your kitchen should consist of different areas and each area will have different utensils and equipment in order to perform specific activities.
When handling food, hygiene measures and standards must be taken in order to prevent any health hazards that could possibly occur.

 

NANNIES AND MANNIES

In the process of hiring a babysitter, most families interview female staff almost automatically and exclusively. Nannies make up the majority of the group of candidates and are generally perceived as more educated and good-hearted, but there are also exceptional male child caregivers known as "Mannie’s" and they are often not considered.

Could your children benefit from a positive "big brother" or role model? Could they benefit from someone who could not only help with homework but also take them to extracurricular activities, play sports and participate in physical games in parks and other recreational sought-after areas? Nannies do these same things and also involve children in active play, however, a child with a specific affinity such as football, rugby or basketball might have more of a connection with someone with a similar interest and experience in participating and attending such sports.

For this reason, do not rule out male applicants with proven experience. Expanding your group of candidates will help ensure that the family gets the best person for the position.

When you are looking for a professional Nanny or Manny for your children, it is essential to first identify what tasks and requirements are the most essential for your children to accomplish and flourish within their given capabilities. Either a Nany or a Manny, a professional who can help with other household chores such as cooking, cleaning, and personal or family assistant tasks could determine which individual would benefit the family mostly.

 

HOW TO FACE AND AVOID PROBLEMS WITH DOMESTIC STAFF

Inevitably, and despite our best intentions and efforts, problems with domestic staff may arise over time.
In general, it is better to address these problems directly and not initially involve a third party. Establish a clear thought out pattern from the beginning with rules and expectations of the tasks that need to be performed to avoid any future misunderstandings and problems.
There is a big difference between an innocent mistake, a continuous problem and an intentional violation of the contract. Many household employers maintain a friendly but distant presence with their staff. Each employer has their own unique approach, but if there is open and honest communication between the two parties there will be less difficulty in addressing any inconveniences in the future.
Another guideline to address is to know about the state and national laws regarding negligence, contracts, immigration, employment, taxes and criminal activity so that you can mitigate and resolve any disputes within your areas legal law acts.

HOW THE TRAINING SERVICES OF STAFF MEMBERS WORKS

All families and households are different. The rules change, as well as your needs and customs. The process of training domestic staff varies greatly from one position to another, but the goal remains largely the same. Additional training is sometimes necessary in order to fill any knowledge gaps that a staff member might need. When required SimpleLife Organizers comes to the rescue and addresses the complementary skills needed to professionally train your staff members.

You can opt for a full-day, half-day or multi-day training, as well as home consultations, staff evaluations and staff training reports.
Training is an invaluable experience that will mutually benefit you and your employees.

Feel free to contact SimpleLife Organizers without any obligation to improve your staff members knowledge and practical training information. Your staff member will eventually become your best household asset.