My househelp are all stay-in. If I could get trustworthy help, I would rather do what you 2 do... less carrying cost, more privacy.
My no.1 policy is to pay higher than average, so I can attract experienced and well -- less quirky helpers. But yes, some people have tried to pirate them. The helpers tell me themselves.. how the jaws of the pirater drop when they learn how much my helpers earn from me.
You think I am piracy-proof?
I will share with you what happened to GMA, this is a true story.
She would entertain in her house at La Vista before.. when she was not yet a Senator/VP. So she had her helpers serving her guests. Well, the day came, 1 of her servers/helpers was seated at her table as a guest -- wife na nang 1 diplomat. O ano say mo?! hahahaha She had to put on a smile na talking to her, hahaha.. hindi na puede tarayan, Madame!
(GMA used to make this cuento to her Economics students at Assumption .. and my mom was 1 of her students. )
So there, I am not piracy-proof. I have lost 1 helper to an old fogey Japanese man who used to help us with sourcing of heavy equipment we import from Japan.
So there, my helper moved at a lower salary. She considered the lower pay as a reasonable entry fee that may lead to her getting out of her current job description.. that is what she told the midwife yaya. (no comment ako)
The only people who are piracy-proof -- mga artista. Even for no wages, basta pakainin sila and bihisan and isama sama -- okay with the helpers or "alalays". Later on pag lumaki na ang ulo, tawag nila sa sarili nila Personal Assistants. hahahaha