Mumbai domestic help agency refuses to supply staff to Bollywood stars

April 19th, 2017 by admin

Imagine if the LA based agencies got together and told the actual tales of staffing in Hollywood! I’m not sure if it would be a scandal, or if we would all just continue to look the other way? Here’s how they’re getting called out in India…

The co-founder of an agency providing domestic help to Mumbai homes has vowed never to send any of his workers to Bollywood stars after many of the helpers complained of abuse and bad treatment.

Anupam Sinhal, CEO of Bookmybai — a company with 50,000 housemaids, cooks and babysitters registered with it — described on his blog how 25 film and television celebrities had mistreated the domestic helpers he sent to them.

Mr Sinhal said one of his domestic helpers had been tortured by a celebrity client.

“Her domestic help returned to the agency with visible bruises on her body, but refused to file a police complaint,” Mr Sinhal said. He asked the celebrity about her behaviour, but she threatened to “write bad things” about his agency on her Twitter account, which she said had 400,000 followers.

Later Mr Sinhal found out that no domestic help stayed beyond a week at her home.

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What It Takes To Work For The Super Rich

February 10th, 2017 by admin

This reporter’s take on an Estate Manager job listing is quite good.

Naples, Florida, is a hideaway for the super-rich looking to escape the frigid winters of the north for sunnier southern climbs.

In Southwest Florida, you’ll find miles of tranquil beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, top-of-the-line golf courses, and giant mansions with sprawling properties.

Got a spare $60 million? Plunk it down on this Port Royal palace, which includes a 10,825-square-foot domicile, “verdant lawns and privacy hedges,” and “various garages and service buildings” — plus, “your own ‘secret garden.'”

Celebrity “snowbirds” flock to Naples annually. In 2015, Judge Judy Sheindlin spent $8.6 million on a 10,607-square-foot house in the area.

Now a job listing for an estate manager provides a unique look into what life is like when you live in Naples — and what it takes to work for the super rich…

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‘Handy’ Cleaning App Linked To More Than 50 Thefts In NYC – Consumerist

February 6th, 2017 by admin

While the idea of simplifying “on-demand” household help is nice, the truth is more complicated. When you give strangers full access to your home, the risk of theft or damage is inherent. Always make sure you have someone on your side doing the references and/or background checks so you know the source.

It might be convenient to summon a cleaning service with the tap of your smartphone, but police in New York City are warning that convenience could lead to theft after dozens of customers using the house-cleaning app Handy reported being burgled.

DNA Info reports that the NYPD received reports of more than 50 incidents in 2016 related to theft of property by cleaners sent to residents’ homes through the Handy app.

In one incident reported to police in July, a cleaner hired through Handy allegedly stole $8,000 worth of handbags from an apartment the employee was hired to clean.

The NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau sent emails to residents last week urging them to safeguard valuables when hiring cleaners and other service providers from such on-demand apps…

Source: ‘Handy’ Cleaning App Linked To More Than 50 Thefts In NYC – Consumerist

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EstateJobs.com site upgrades – feedback?

February 1st, 2017 by admin

We are looking for feedback on the new site layout and functions. Please email us immediately if there are any technical errors, strange graphics, or general concerns. We work hard to keep the site updated with the latest in appearance and usability for our clients.

Also make sure you are taking advantage of the profile page on your account. You are now able to upload a photo, which increases your chances of standing out among other job seekers, and you can link directly to your LinkedIn profile or other online version of your resume. Just add the URL in the video/website link field!

Thank you,

support@estatejobs.com

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Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce Pick, Fired Undocumented Household Worker Before Confirmation Hearing

January 18th, 2017 by admin

Make sure you confirm employees before they start work in your household. It is worth the few extra dollars to employ properly, especially if you are in a high profile role.

Billionaire private equity executive Wilbur Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee that when he hired the worker in 2009, the person provided what looked like a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. After Ross was nominated by Trump, he asked all his household staff to provide such documentation again.

“When I was getting ready for this hearing I wanted to recheck all our present and former employees,” Ross said, adding that all but one of about a dozen workers provided the right documentation.

“This one employee was unable to and therefore was terminated,” Ross said. The entire process happened in the last month.

Ross sorted out the matter in advance of the hearing with committee Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.). Both men thanked Ross for being forthcoming about the matter.

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How the White House Staff Welcomes a New First Family

January 13th, 2017 by admin

 

Here’s a nice piece from Time Magazine about the White House Staff. There are always great service teams behind any position of power or influence. It’s great to see the recognition, even though the true service pro never needs the accolades!

When President Barack Obama was first introduced to the residence staff at the White House—the approximately 100 maids, butlers, chefs, florists and ushers who make it tick—he had a look of surprise on his face. Like most people, he never realized how many people it takes to handle the 55,000-sq.-ft. Executive Mansion. When First Lady Michelle Obama introduced her East Wing aides to the residence staff in the elegant East Room, she told her team, “We are on their ground now.” The Trumps would be wise to turn to these staffers who have helped make the imposing building feel like a home for every First Family since John and Abigail Adams…

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How You’ll Search For A Job In 2017 | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

January 10th, 2017 by admin

The job hunt is evolving. Stay tuned for changes coming soon, even in our little industry!!

According to Glassdoor’s newest report on job trends, there are close to 6 million jobs to be filled right now, a record number since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking job openings in 2000. Another growing trend is that nearly every employer is hiring for tech roles. A recent report from job market analytics firm Burning Glass found that there were as many as 7 million job openings last year that required coding skills.So if you’re among the 40% of workers who are actively looking for anew position or planning to hunt in 2017, here are some things that will play into how you find and land that new job.

YOU MIGHT GET YOUR BEST JOB OFFERS WHEN YOU’RE NOT LOOKING

In a job market that favors the seeker, the old adage that it’s best to look for a job when you already have one has never been more true. According to a LinkedIn report, 85% of people—known in HR parlance as “passive job seekers”—are employed and satisfied with their position. Yet nearly half (45%) say they’d be willing to talk to a recruiter about a potential opportunity.

If you’re among this group of not-so-active seekers and have tech talent, there are a burgeoning number of platforms designed to help connect you with your next job. The likes of Woo, Jobr, Switch, and Anthology let employed workers post what it would take to get them to switch jobs anonymously. That includes requests for flex work, relocation, and the size of the company, in addition to salary and benefits requirements.

EXPECT TO TAKE ASSESSMENTS

According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 13% of U.S. employers utilize personality assessments. About 2.5 million people take the Meyers-Briggs test each year, and it’s used by 89 of the Fortune 100 companies. Nick Shaw, managing director of CEB Talent Assessment for the U.K. and Ireland, says that cognitive and behavioral assessments are designed to find the right person with the right skills that will best fit into an organization—something that’s in the candidate’s best interest, too

Source: How You’ll Search For A Job In 2017 | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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7 Compliance Steps for Clients Who Hire Household Workers

December 1st, 2016 by admin

As we head toward the end of the year it is always good to re-check the laws and policies for employing household staff. One of the leading experts in the field offers this quick guide to help assess your compliance. Enjoy…

Even an experienced accountant may overlook some of the nuances to tax and labor laws that affect clients who employ nannies or other household help, and with approximately 2 million domestic workers in the United States, chances are this may apply to your individual clients.

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The People Who Make Ivanka’s Life Run Are As Absent From Her Politics As They Are From Her Instagram

November 29th, 2016 by admin

It is always interesting to question the “behind-the-scenes” of any successful enterprise. Inevitably you’ll find the hard working, unsung heroes of private service!

Absent on IvankaTrump.com are women with whom Ivanka is, presumably, incredibly intimate, but whose lives can not be improved by a modest-yet-feminine, $138 sheath.

These include the nannies, housekeepers, and other members of the Kushner-Trump household staff who keep the floors shiny, linens clean, children busy, and refrigerator stocked. Relying on this kind of help doesn’t make Ivanka and Jared uninvolved, or negligent, parents; they’re just an especially busy dual-career couple who can’t possibly manage all the professional, personal, and domestic demands on their own. Ivanka might think that keeping her domestic employees out of the frame makes her appear like a superwoman who can do it all. But in reality, it just sends the message that she doesn’t entirely value their contributions to her life.

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Avoid the Phrase “I Need” in a Salary Negotiation

October 31st, 2016 by admin

This is a great, quick tip to remember when talking to anyone about your salary needs. So many make the mistake of framing the salary numbers based on what they personally need, which is the absolute worst approach possible in the personal service business. ALL references to salary and schedule should be offered as a value or benefit to the employer.

You have bills to pay, your rent is going up, and you need more money. We understand—just don’t say it when you negotiate your salary.

According to Lynn Taylor, author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, “I need” is one of the worst things you can say during a negotiation. She told Business Insider:

“By saying you ‘need’ money for personal reasons, you are, by definition, refuting the concept that your contributions are worthy of a higher salary,” she says.

Remember, you’re asking for fair consideration, not a personal favor. Talking about your “needs” may leave the other party doubting both your value and financial competence.

In any negotiation, the other party wants to make sure they get the best deal. If you can play to that, you’ll have a lot more luck than betting on their sympathy. In other words, you’ll be more convincing if you can focus on what’s in it for them.

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