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Elizabeth Ajetunmobi: Tips for a Drama-Free 2019 with Recruiting Domestic Staff



Hurray! Welcome to amazing two thousand and nineteen. The beginning of a new year is usually one of my favorite times as it gives us fresh opportunities for growth and improvements in past average areas.

Have you looked at those things that worked quite well for you in the previous year and those that didn’t?

I’d like you to take a few minutes to think about your domestic staffing experience in 2018?
What was it like?
Was it pleasant?
Was it stressful?
What were the major highlights of your experience?

If you had a stressful time with your household staff, then it’s time for change.

You agree with me that having a high turnover of domestic staff can be really draining.
Nobody has got time for drama in 2019; therefore, take these three intentional and deliberate steps to achieve your goals.

Identify your goal/objective for hiring a staff

Here are a few questions to guide you

  • What kind of staff do I need to hire?
  • Do I need a live in or live out person?
  • What are the top skills you require your staff to have to enable you function effectively on your job?
  • What is the staff’s professional experience?
  • What character qualities should I look out for in the potential employee to have a mutually beneficial relationship?
  • Do I need to increase my salary budget?
  • Am I too high handed?
  • Do I need to introduce monthly or quarterly appraisals?
  • Can I improve on terms of employment and benefits?

Start the interview process
Now that you are clear about the kind of staff you would like to hire, a job agency might be more reliable to help with the process. During the interview, refer to your notes and let it guide you in asking the potential staff questions.

After you have made your selection, on-board your staff. On-boarding is the process of getting your staff familiar with their new place of work. This is of utmost importance even if the person is experienced. Remember no two homes are the same. Therefore take out time to get them familiar with your household procedures to avoid matters that touch.

I wish you the best year with your domestic staff.

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Elizabeth Ajetunmobi is a Human Resource Consultant, an educator, a Family Life Enthusiast who provides support to families, guides them in order to create systems that help families thrive. She runs a staffing and placement agency alongside a training school for semi skilled and domestic staff. Her vision is to professionalize the domestic staffing industry in Nigeria. She is an alumnus of University of Nottingham. Obafemi Awolowo University, Park Royal Finishing School, China Europe International Business School. Her experience spans several fields including Education , Family Life, Child abuse, Human Resources and Finance. She is a member of CIPD(UK), Member,ILM(UK) and Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria. She is a WIMBIZ mentor and has been featured on TVC news as well as a guest columnist on BellaNaija where she shares insights on how to build a mutually beneficial relationship between a domestic staff and their employers.


  1. Aunty Elizabeth

    January 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    So, how do we reach u, aunty Elizabeth? Don’t u want to help us hire good helps???

  2. Grace

    January 11, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Wow!! Its a good start for the year as lots of employers will be recruiting new domestic staff this time of the year. The Points are valid and simply direct

  3. Aunty joy

    January 12, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Nice one Mrs Elizabeth,thank you for this tips. Keep it up.

  4. Thayor

    January 12, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    While I already have a domestic staff that doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon for me to replace while adopting these good tips I didn’t have the knowledge of earlier, I guess you could still help me train the one I have through the upskill your nanny course.

  5. Samuel

    January 12, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Mrs Elizabeth, You’re very much on point. Thanks.

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