Tuesday, January 23, 2007

On Not Being Called A Maid.......

Click here to read an article about a housecleaning company in St. Louis. The article doesn't really convey any great advice or useful information. Basically, it's the same old story that you can read just about every day in some newspaper throughout the country.

However, the owner of the cleaning company makes an interesting statement. Here's what the owner said......

"Bernstein makes the distinction that his employees aren't maids."

Now I've heard this quoted before. And I still don't understand why it's such a big deal. If your employees aren't maids, then what are they? Are they housecleaners? Are they cleaning professionals? Are they home care specialists? Are they home service technicians? Is there really any difference?

Your employees aren't stupid. They know that they are hired to mop floors. They know that they are hired to clean toilets. They know that they are hired to clean house. They know that they are a maid. No matter what you want to call them.

In college, I worked as an engineering technician. What a fancy title, right? Let me tell you, there was nothing fancy about it. I dug ditches. No matter what my employer wanted to call me, I knew that I still had to dig ditches. Everyday.

And that was okay. Because I was getting paid pretty good. A lot better than many of my friends. So I worked there for a long time. But not because I was an engineering technician. Nope. Not at all. I worked there because I liked the money.

Our name is Two Maids & A Mop. We hire maids. Not just any maids though. These maids make more money than any other maid in town. If you're currently employed as a home service professional at one of our competitors, give us a call. My hunch is that being called a maid isn't such a big deal to you.

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