Domestic workers (drivers, gardeners, security & dog trainers)
Generally people hire their own domestic staff. If you’ve not hired staff before, it can be a daunting prospect, but follow these basic guidelines and it will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls.
- Conduct the interview somewhere public such as a coffee shop, and reconfirm your appointment by sms just before you go.
- Your interviewee should bring their ID, letters of reference and a CV (if they have one).
- Before you commit to hire them, check the references thoroughly.
- If you decide to hire someone, offer a months trial period of before taking them on. Be clear that they are on a trail period so there are no misunderstandings.
- Keep a copy of their ID and also make a note of their address and a family contact too. This is useful incase they are off sick and don’t manage to get in to work.
- Register them for NSSF & NHIF (follow this link to details of this)
- Give them a contract stating their rights and responsibilities. Follow employment regulations and ask around what your friends offer. (follow this link to details of this)
- Remember that ultimately, they are your employee and not your friend. Be kind and clear about your expections and be fair at all times.
- Don’t put temptation in the way of your staff. Be security conscious and mindful of your bank statements, keys, etc.
- Enjoy your staff and discover how sweet, hardworking and loyal they can be.