Deciding whether or not you need a “full-time stay-in staffer” or a “part-time stay-out staffer” is dependent on many factors. Reaching that decision can be a truly daunting task. Here are some things to consider:
1. Budget Constraints
On a monthly salary basis, it is obviously more expensive to hire full-time help. However, there are “hidden costs” to consider as well. A part-time/stay-out staffer has other expenses that may need to be covered. Apart from a fixed daily rate, a “transportation allowance” should be accounted for. Some people separate this consideration so as to make the staffer recognize the distinction. In addition, food is assumed provided for within the day depending on the length of her job. Some households provide three square meals, while others only two plus a snack. It is dependent on your discretion. In addition, because the arrangement is only “part-time”, SSS benefits are not usually extended.For a full-time staffer, compensation packages usually include the salary plus benefits such as SSS and for some, PAGIBIG benefits. Board and lodging, food and sometimes toiletries are also provided. However, you have the benefit of having someone with you 24 hours a day.
2. Lifestyle Constraints
The distinction between a live-out and a stay-in staffer is often determined by the lifestyle of the employers. Some households don’t like staffers in their homes when they are not around while others prefer it. It can also happen that they are ok to have a few at home but not too many. Hence, they employ a combination of stay-in as well as stay-out staffers. Which one are you?
3. Space Constraints
The number of full-time employees can also be determined by the living space available. Especially in buildings, staff quarters are usually not big enough to accommodate more than one or two people, hence, the need for other staffers to go home at the end of the day. Upon analysis, how many people can be comfortably accommodated within your space?
4. Staff relationships
It is common to hear about “hell breaking loose” when too many people are involved in a situation. A host of uncomfortable situations, from gossiping to theft to downright catfights can ensue. To guard against this, many households keep full-time staff to a minimum. Do you already have too many staffers living with you?
Regardless of the number of full or part-time employees you choose, it is important to note that excess is not necessarily a good thing. Assess your household and really see how many people you need and in what capacity. Sometimes it is better to add to the responsibility of a capable staffer and adjust her compensation package accordingly rather than hiring another person to do the job. Also, understand that when you combine the two types of helpers, you must make sure that the salary structure of one is not prejudiced against the other especially with the more senior staffer. That is, assess what you are giving one member of your household, seeing to it that even if packages were compared, the bottom line benefits would be fair and equitable. The last thing you would want is a long-time employee wracked with “tampo” and “sama ng loob” after hearing what a colleague is receiving for work rendered.
Make sure to always come from a place of just practices. Compute compensation packages in a way that is beyond reproach. You will find that once achieved, harmony and efficiency may improve in your home.