I was talking to friends a few months back and one of the topics on our conversation was employing a maid. One of my friends said that he is not comfortable employing a maid that is over 30 years of age because that kind of person is too old to work.
I told him ouch, because me being in my early forties can still do the same ephysical labor that a young woman does, how much more the one younger than me. He started laughing and said he just wants to employ younger so that they can really work the task properly.
Most friends agreed with me. To be honest if a person is really willing to work and wants a job, no matter what age they are they will work extra hard. Most of the young ones nowadays will work at your house, they even ask if the employer has cable TV, computer (they can use freely to chat), radio and so on. For me, I don’t have a problem with that as long as they will work and finish up their job ahead of time.
I guess we really are different. In my household we like to employ as much as possible an older lady like in her early thirties to mid forties. They are the ones that are more responsible and more mature, in my opinion. We already employed too many younger ones just in the early twenties and some were good and some were not so good. Others just want to be here and just rely on the older ones for the job they had to get done. Some just want to sleep and play computer and watch TV most of the time.
If we teach them the work, they will do good if we are around. Behind our back they don’t want to work properly. Then if you complain and ask them why they didn’t do the job they feel that we are not good employers and they just quit. I have so many older workers that have really been happy in our house. The sad part was that they had to go home because they had to take care of personal stuff.
Just like when we first moved here, we had a lady in her early forties and she became the nanny of our youngest son, Jared. She really was good to Jared and I really liked her a lot too. She also liked to be with us. She told me that she used to work in Manila before but was not happy there because she was mistreated there. Well, she stayed with us for almost a year. She had to go home to take care of her kids. The husband just left home and left the kids in the care of the grandparents. Later it was too much for the grandparents, so Jared’s nanny had to go home to take care of her kids. She was really not happy because she was making enough money to send home and make the kids life a little more comfortable. Because she was really good with Jared, when she went home we gave her a bonus and lots of stuff for her and her kids. She was really crying and telling me that if she could come back she would.
We also employed a few ladies over forties after the first one and they turned out good. Just that they had to go home because they had so many problem with the family. Nobody would take care of their young kids. I also had one employee, she’s a single mom and she’s really a good employee, but the siblings think she’s making so much money just like an executive. The demand of sending money back home was just too much for her. She quit and just stayed there in their Province and helped her mom in the farm.
A former neighbor of mine from when I was growing up employed an older lady in her early seventies. Sorry guys I just could not ask somebody like that to do the job in my house. I will always think of my mom when asking her to do some work. I just can’t do it period. I would rather do the job than asking that older lady to do the job for me. But my former neighbor seems to have no problem at all. The kids would even ask the lady to do some stuff for them. They even yelled at her if she was slow on the job. Gee, why do you think she’s slow? My goodness.
Really at the end its up to each and everyone of us. If your household is more comfortable with the older one go for it. If you are comfortable with the younger one go for it. Good luck to all of the employers and the maids.