June 5th, 2015 by admin
As our industry gains more recognition, the focus on employee rights will increase. Hopefully.
As Friday slid toward Saturday, four Brazilian women in identical black T-shirts hugged, giggled and blinked back tears in the otherwise sedate gallery of the Connecticut Senate. Their grinning lobbyist, Bobby Shea, shushed them, without conviction.Sen. Eric Coleman, D-Bloomfield, the co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, looked up from the Senate floor and raised a bottle of water in their direction, a silent toast. Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, laughed and gave them two thumbs up.On a night when nearly everyone else at the State Capitol was focused on the race to craft a budget deal before the adjournment deadline of midnight Wednesday, the Senate delivered the four women a political victory.On a 33 to 3 vote, the Senate passed and sent to the House a bill that would define an estimated 40,000 domestic workers in the state as employees, recognition denied 80 years ago with the passage of New Deal labor laws.The measure was a half-step, falling short of guaranteeing a minimum wage. But the recognition provided the right to complain of discrimination and mistreatment to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.Also ReadSession tally: Energy and environment hits, misses and almostsEnergy and environmental initiatives this legislative session were already heading toward half-a-loaf results before the budget impasse erupted. In the end there were big wins, big losses and everything in between.Op-ed: Domestic workers deserve this bill of rightsIn Bridgeport tomorrow, the Connecticut legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will hear public testimony on an Act establishing a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights for Connecticut. We write today to voice our support for this act.For the four women, that meant a celebration.
Read More: Senate’s message for domestics, ‘You exist, by law’ | The CT Mirror
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June 2nd, 2015 by admin
Please keep an eye out for any abuses in our Private Service community. The only time it makes sense to get into anyone else’s personal business is to make sure they are safe and protected. This is shameful and hopefully the “slave” mentality of abusive employers will die off in the next generation.
A Qatari military official and his wife were charged by U.S. prosecutors in Texas on Monday with withholding wages from two of their housekeepers from Indonesia and Bangladesh, forcing them to live in squalor and preventing them from leaving.Hassan Salem Al Homoud and his wife, Zainab Al Hosani, were charged with engaging in forced labor and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.A lawyer for the couple was not immediately available for comment.Al Homoud, a Qatari military official living in the San Antonio area where he is undergoing training, and his wife brought the housemaid and servant in mid-2014 to Texas to work for their family.“The criminal complaint alleges that the defendants housed the workers in primitive conditions, restricted their ability to move or travel, and provided them with limited amounts of food,” the office said in a statement.
Read More: Qatari couple charged in Texas with abusing household staff – Gulf Business
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May 27th, 2015 by admin
Some good thoughts on how to be honest and positive in interviews, even with negative information…
Humblebragging is notoriously obnoxious. But sometimes, it feels necessary. For example, in a job interview, we’re often told to answer the dreaded “what’s your biggest weakness” question with something sly, like, “I’m too much of a perfectionist.” People see through this. It’s better to either be honest about your bragging or be open about your weaknesses.
With some colleagues, Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino conducted research on humblebragging. They instructed a group of subjects to write down how they’d answer the “greatest weakness” question in a job interview. Over three-quarters of subjects answered by trying to reframe a positive statement as a negative one—better known as humblebragging. The researchers hired assistants to evaluate subjects’ answers. Here’s what they found:
Interestingly, this strategy was not effective: The research assistants indicated that they would be much less likely to hire the humblebraggers than those who seemed honest. These findings suggest that in job interviews, showing we are self-aware and working on improving our performance may be a more effective strategy than humblebragging. After all, authentic people who are willing to show vulnerability are likely to be the type of candidates interviewers most want to hire.
Keep reading: Why You Shouldn’t Try to Humblebrag in a Job Interview
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May 19th, 2015 by admin
Let’s hope employers around the world follow suit and pay staff as professionals…
The Queen might be slipping down the Sunday Times Rich List, but that doesn’t mean her staff are losing out as the Living Wage has reportedly been introduced for Royal Household staff.Fifteen per cent of the Royal Household and Royal Collection Trust staff are now set to earn £9.15 an hour in London, and £7.85 elsewhere.”Her Majesty wants to make sure all her staff receive decent rates of pay,” a courtier told Daily Mail diarist Sebastian Shakespeare. “She is aware of the example it sets.”Staff who live on the Queen’s properties will be paid differently.While she might have slipped out of the top 300 in the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time ever this year, the Queen is still worth £340 million.Her household staff work on her lavish properties – including Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Balmoral Estate – and were set to vote on industrial action over pay.
Read more via: The Queen has ‘started paying her servants the Living Wage’ as unions say it’s a long time coming – People – News – The Independent
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May 14th, 2015 by admin
This is a nice article about making career choices. There are infinite possibilities and opportunities, no matter how good or bad the choice seems. I recently received a call from a distressed former graduate assistant who was working in a new full-time job. In a downtrodden voice she told me, “I made a huge mistake accepting this job.”
Among many concerns, she wasn’t doing what she was hired to do, and she was—understandably—unhappy. Even so, I didn’t see her decision as a mistake, and I told her as much. I reminded her that she made the best decision she could with the information she had. She was able to get to the geographical area where she wanted to be, and she had the opportunity to learn and build her experience in the role. “Meet people, try things, and learn everything you can,” I told her. “But keep looking for the next opportunity. This is just the first stop in your career!”
I frequently encounter people struggling with a career decision they believe they have to get “right” or disaster is surely imminent.
What if I take this job and I hate it?
What if I select this major and later figure out I want to do something different?
What if I take an opportunity with this company, while my friend takes an opportunity with another company—and her life is way better than mine?
But this idea of right and wrong in your career path is a fallacy. There are only choices, and with every choice comes an opportunity. Deciding to join a committee could give you an opportunity to network. Deciding to apply for another position with your current company could give you an opportunity to advance faster than staying in your current role. Deciding to apply for a position with a new company could give you an opportunity to move to a great new geographic location. Deciding to get an MBA could give you an opportunity to increase your earning potential.
See? Whatever decision you have to make, the most important thing is that you make the most of it, rather than focusing on making the “right” decision. So how do you capitalize on this “no right or wrong” philosophy? Here are four ideas to get you started…
Read more: There’s No Such Thing as a Right Career Decision – The Muse
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May 8th, 2015 by admin
This is a very good article about digging deeper in the interview process. Be ready for the answers you need to provide substance and meaning from your experience. Good read – enjoy,
Whether you are looking to hire someone, decide whether to trust someone, or enter a business partnership, the better you are at judging people, the better off you will be. Unfortunately, most people are just plain bad at reading others. Several decades of research among psychologists has indicated all sorts of blind spots, biases, and judgment errors we make in assessing people. Much of that research has focused on the mental processes we use to interpret what we see or hear. But errors also occur way before that – the problem can begin with the questions we ask to understand people in the first place.When you want to get a read on someone, what questions do you ask? Most people have go-to questions. The ones I hear most often are open-ended questions like, “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” “What do you want to be doing in five years?” and “What motivates you?” Some savvier questioners ask behavior-based questions, like “Tell me about a time when you….”. Sounds great, right? Now, ask yourself if you have ever once actually learned the truth about someone by their responses to these questions. How many times have you relied on people’s responses to these questions only to see later that those responses meant nothing at all? Most people ask a question like this and then move onto another topic, seemingly satisfied that they heard what they needed to hear. In reality, they learned nothing about the other person…
Continue reading: Tactics for Asking Good Follow-Up Questions – HBR
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May 1st, 2015 by admin
Starkey International offers Private Service Scholarships for qualified applicants. Must be received by May 18 to qualify.
Starkey International’s Certified Household Management Program June 8th – July 31st, 2015
Starkey’s traditional Household Management Program is for entry-level Household Managers. A 360-hour, eight-week course focuses on the psychology and management of private homes. Starkey’s Service Management System sets the stage for an overall understanding of Private Service. This course covers in-depth Household Management, the Relationship of Service, personality characteristics, service style and the technical and resource skills in 10 Service areas including Administrative Management, Private Service Culinary, Clothing and Valet, Housekeeping, Event Planning and Entertaining. Certified Private Service Wine & Sommelier, Mixology and Cigars, Household Etiquettes, Grounds and Property, Personal Service and more.
Starkey International’s Certified Estate Management Program August 24th – September 18th, 2015
Starkey’s Estate Management Program is for seasoned Household Managers who are ready to advance to Estate Management. A 255 hour, 4-week course focuses on the mind of the Estate Manager. This course covers in-depth Management of Multiple Homes, Starkey’s Household Management System, Management of Yachts and Jets, Smart Home technology, working with the Family Office, Accounting and HR practices for the Private Home and an in-depth course on Entertaining, Wine Cellar Management, Vendor Management and working with Private Estate Security.
Please contact Valerie Albano, Director of Admissions, at 303-832-5510 for catalogue and application.
Source: Experience the Harvard of Private Service; Scholarships Available
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May 1st, 2015 by admin
Here’s and interesting approach to interview preparation. What I like is that it helps a job applicant refine their personal story and use concise wording to communicate their background and goals.
The process of writing your own letter of recommendation could actually help you gain clarity on your strengths and how they apply to your perspective new employer. A great letter of recommendation showcases a clear story about your personality, skills and abilities that would make you a great fit for a certain job and an asset to a particular employer. To do that one must know the needs of the company, it’s core challenges and the particular pain points of the hiring manager. One also needs to be clear about what you bring to the table that could help that employer solve his/her thorniest problems.If you leave this exercise up to those who are writing your actual letters of recommendations you could be missing the best chance for organizing your thoughts, crafting your story and tailoring it to the specific needs of a hiring manager.
Source: Writing Your Own Mock Recommendation Can Get You Hired | Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career
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April 30th, 2015 by admin
If your employers are picking up any of these fine homes, please call us for staff!
The ultra-luxury housing market is scaling new heights as a record number of properties around the world command prices topping $100 million.Demand for mega-mansions and penthouses has accelerated as wealthy buyers seek havens for their cash and search for alternative investments such as art and collectible real estate, according to a report Thursday by Christie’s International Real Estate, owned by auction house Christie’s. Five homes sold for more than $100 million last year, with at least 20 more on the market with nine-figure asking prices, the brokerage said.“You’re looking at a universe of over 1,800 billionaires who are starting to become members of this club of collectors of the most unique and incredible real estate in the world,” Dan Conn, chief executive officer of Christie’s International Real Estate, said in a telephone interview. “It’s something they’ll hold onto for a lifetime, the same way they’ll hold onto a Picasso or a Warhol or any number of the great pieces of art we’ve sold over the years.” Sales are likely to increase this year with more newly built properties and off-market homes trading for at least $100 million, Conn said. Demand is growing among affluent Americans and Europeans; billionaires from unstable economies, such as Russia and Middle Eastern countries; and buyers from mainland China, who were barred from investing overseas before 2012 and since have snapped up houses in cities including Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York and London, he said.
Source: Sales of $100 Million Homes Rise to Record Worldwide – Bloomberg Business
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April 29th, 2015 by admin
We don’t normally post job openings on our blog, but it’s great to see how the most famous household (palace) operates. Enjoy,
A new vacancy in Buckingham Palace has cropped up. The Queen is looking for a footman/trainee butler, who will live and work in the royal residency and have all their meals provided for them.
In the listing posted on the Royal Household’s official website, the job is described as “an exciting role” undertaken in a “unique environment”.
The applicant, who will be paid just over £15,000 a year, will be responsible for front-of-house service and receiving guests, which in the past have included stars from Angelia Jolie to European royalty.
The Queen is hiring new footman at Buckingham Palace – hellomagazine.com.
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