i am lucky with my household staff. my all-around has been with me for 6 years, my daughter's yaya has been with me on and off for the past year. she's really the all-around helper at my parents' house in the province and has been working for the family for i think 10 years or more. she used to come to my house as a temporary yaya whenever i would lose whoever was my daughter's yaya. but last april, i finally convinced her to stay with us permanently as my daughter's yaya. she came to manila mid-may and has been with me since. she's hasnt been with me long but i am still lucky to have her because she cares for my family. malasakit kasi ang mahirap hanapin.
medyo generous ako sa household staff ko. they have above average salary and they also get 13th month pay. i am working on SSS, pag-ibig, HMO for both of them and philhealth for one kasi yung isa meron na.
when it comes to food and other day to day things, generous din ako. like ally, i find that asking them to cook separately for them is added expense plus added effort pa so they usually eat what we eat. usually madami magluto ng veggies so if walang matirang meat, they eat the veggies plus delata of their choice (usually flavored tuna ang request nila).
for snacks, i buy for them whenever i do the monthly grocery. i always buy different stuff every month para hindi sila magsawa. sometimes, i also ask them what they want. usually ang pinipili nila mga rebisco butter sandwich, hi-ro and the like. sometimes, lalo na when i am working from home, i ask them to buy afternoon snacks like spanish bread or pan de coco from the neighborhood bakery para sa aming lahat.
dati din ang coffee nila hindi 3 in 1. i find that konti lang ang difference ng nescafe sa ibang brands so instead of buying nescafe for me and something else for them, nescafe at coffee mate kami lahat. but now nescafe original 3 in 1 na din kami lahat. medyo malakas kasi they drink coffee 2x/day but it's ok, i dont really mind. i used to buy mga tang juice or nestea iced tea powdered mixes for them pero mas gusto daw nila ng coffee so no more juice na ngayon.
in terms of budget, i dont set a specific one every month na ang snacks nila eh such and such amount lang. the amount of money i spend for their snacks is nothing for me compared to how they do their jobs and care for my family, especially my daughter.
i also give them toiletries pala - pantene, silka soap, colgate toothpaste (i usually buy yung may kasamang toothbrush na), sanitary pads. yan ang request nila. mas gusto ko na yan kesa yung maya't maya magpapaalam to go to the sari sari store to buy 1 sachet of shampoo today, 1 sachet of toothpaste tomorrow, etc etc. sayang ang oras.
being an employee myself, i appreciate little perks that my employer gives me, like laundry allowance, rice allowance and such. i think my employees also appreciate the little perks i give them. i do my best to be a good employer, treat them with respect etc. i show malasakit (like if they need an advance, etc) because they also show malasakit.
i've had my fair share of yaya woes and i think now i have found 2 that i hope will stay with me for a long long time pa.
the money i spend for these little perks, kikitain ko ulit yan. but the peace of mind i have whenever my daughter is left alone in the house with just my 2 household staff - mahirap makuha yan. yung malasakit nila, mahirap makahanap ng ganon. plus i know their loyalties are with me so if my MIL is here, alam nila na ako pa din ang amo nila. hehe.