Elizabeth Ajetunmobi: Spare a Thought For Your Domestic Staff… They’re Also Affected by COVID-19

Just like every other pandemic that has affected the world, COVID-19 has caused an impact on social interaction and global economies. This has not left family lifestyles untouched – the home front is basically where it might hit harder. If you have a domestic staff in your employ, here are what you should know and expect:
Pandemic Effect
Increased Workload
Due to the lockdown, families are mostly indoors and this affects your staff. They most likely will put in more work and face additional duties such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of their family members – especially now that kids are out of school.
One way to help them not get overwhelmed is to guide them by scheduling their tasks and giving them breaks in the course of each day. Let the kids have a siesta – so everyone can rest, or they could go to bed earlier so that your domestic staff can also rest.
Loss of Jobs
With families facing job loss, delayed wages, or other economic insecurity, this may mean employers will delay or might not be able to afford to pay domestic workers and some of them will eventually lose their job. Losing a good and valuable staff can be painful and emotional but you can not let them work without provision or future arrangements for their pay.
An employer could discuss their own job loss with their staff if they are comfortable doing that and state the reason they are letting them go. It’s always good that your staff understands the reason, especially if it is solely for the affordability of salary. Who knows, someone can decide to stay with you and keep working during the rough times.
Post-Pandemic Effect
Increase in Demand for Domestic Workers
More industries are seeing the benefits of remote working and are gradually going virtual. Minds are being open to the reality of technology and digital innovations.
Now, we have more people working from home than ever before and companies are beginning to adopt these changes for their employees. Imagine parents trying to work from home with their children screaming the roof down. If you have kids, expect the level of difficulty watching over them to be inversely proportional to their ages. No matter the structures put in place to minimize distractions, you are likely to have at least one video conference featuring an unexpected guest. Add a baby and you are suddenly doubling as a nanny. With this pandemic and even during post-pandemic, there will be high demand for domestic workers in the nearest future.
The Shift in Negotiation Power
Domestic workers are also essential workers working to support families. It might almost be impossible to attend meetings online and actively care for children, especially the younger ones, most employers in this situation would need help with the kids. Consequently, this pandemic will awaken domestic workers in realizing their value, therefore giving them an upper hand in value-price negotiations.
Digital Literacy
With the awareness of technology improvement, career or business-focused families will be on the lookout for domestic workers who have the knowledge of basic technology. Now, the era of families prohibiting the use of phones and digital means of communication and information is about to be subdued. Domestic workers of our time are evolving, it’s time to let your staff become enlightened and save yourself lots of stress. Yes, there are negative sides to this but if you can put a structure around the use of digital devices in your house, you would gain more from the positive impact.
Wish you the best this season. Stay safe.
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See Through the Eye of a Parent in Isolation with Ify Okoye on Our #AtHomeWithBN Series | April 23

Hey BNers,
Our daily InstaLive series #AtHomeWithBN, has featured quite a number of experts in various fields, enlightening us on various topics that are meant to help us through the current coronavirus situation the world is facing.
We know it hasn’t been easy for parents having to stay indoors 24/7 with the kids during this period. That is why, for our next #AtHomeWithBN episode, we’re hosting Ify Okoye @ifyokoye1 as she walks us through the life of a parent during this pandemic.
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020.Time: 1 PM.Venue: @bellanaijaonline InstaLive
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WATCH: Lorna With A Pinch of Salt Is Back! Check Out The New Episode Featuring K Naomi Noinyane

 
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SABC TV Host and #CulinaryPrincess herself Lorna Maseko is back with another super fun Youtube video,  this time with a  special guest! SA It Girl K Naomi Noinyane joined her in the kitchen and they created an unexpected treat!
On her channel she shared the recipe:
Millet and Bacon Balls with a Tomato Sauce
INGREDIENTS
250ml Finely chopped bacon 2tbs Finely chopped pepper dews 1 1/2 Cup Millet 3 1/2 Cups of water 1tbs Olive oil 1/2 finely chopped onion 1tsp Robertsons bbq spice 1tsp Oregano 200g Chopped tomatoes 1tsp garlic 1tbs Worcestershire sauce 1 Cup water Handful chopped parsley 2tbs grated Parmesan
METHOD In a pan, add bacon until soft cooked then fold in finely chopped pepper dews and mix… Set aside to cool. In a pot add Millet to boiling water and bring to a boil until soft but with a slight bite. Allow to cool by spreading the Millet evenly on a plate and set aside. To make the Millet balls, combine the bacon and peppers due mixture. Take 2 table spoons and create little balls. Repeat with the remaining millet and bacon mixture. Place the balls on a tray and refrigerate for about 30mins. For your tomatoes sauce, add olive oil to pan, then add onions until soft. Add tomatoes, bbq spice, oregano, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and water and bring to a gentle simmer. Lastly sprinkle chopped parsley and combine. Drizzle olive oil in pan and place the millet and bacon balls. They should turn a beautiful golden brown. Plate up and sprinkle Parmesan enjoy with that rich tomato sauce.
Check out the full video below!
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Toluse Francis Will be Sharing How to Look After Your Mental Health this COVID-19 Period on #AtHomeWithBN | April 15

Hey BNers!
Our daily InstaLive series #AtHomeWithBN is still ongoing, and we’ve featured quite a number of experts in various fields, enlightening us on various topics that are meant to help us through the current coronavirus situation the world is facing.
While we’re taking appropriate measures to protect us, physically, from COVID-19, what’s also important is that we look after our mental health, and Toluse Francis @tolusefrancis for @mentallyawareng will show us how. Make it a date.
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020.Time: 1 PM.Venue: @bellanaijaonline InstaLive
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#AtHomeWithBN: WATCH Chude Jideonwo Share Practical Steps in Dealing with Anxiety During this Period

Hey BNers!
Our daily InstaLive series #AtHomeWithBN is still ongoing, and we’ve been given the opportunity to feature quite a number of experts in various fields, speaking on topics ranging from wellness goals, parenting and productivity.
For one of our many episodes, Chude Jideonwo @chudeity spoke on the topic, “Dealing with Anxiety During a Pandemic”. If the current pandemic is triggering your anxiety, then you need to listen to these practical steps to deal with it.
We hope you learn a thing or more from this!

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#AtHomeWithBN: Make it a Date with Chude Jideonwo as He Shares Ways We can Deal with Anxiety this Period | April 8

Hey BNers,
Our daily InstaLive series #AtHomeWithBN, which has featured weight loss and fitness expert Coach Damz of Ask Damz, Remi Majekodunmi of Grace to Parent, Steph Ogunjobi of Tidy Tribe, Lanre Olusola, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi amongst others, is still ongoing.
We are well aware that this COVID-19 season has been overwhelming for many of us. A lot of us are either worried about our health and the health of our loved ones, both here in Nigeria and abroad. Having a lot of concerns about school, work, finances, and other important parts of our lives. People who already experience a lot of anxiety may find their anxiety worsening from reading different stories on the death toll globally, being stuck at home for an unknown period and many other factors.
That is why, for our next #AtHomeWithBN episode, we’re hosting Chude Jidenowo @chudeity who will share important tips on how we can all deal with the anxiety that comes with COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020.Time: 2 PM.Venue: @bellanaijaonline InstaLive.
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#AtHomeWithBN: Join Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi as She Takes Us through Her COVID-19 Survival Journey | April 7

Hey BNers,
We are continuing our new Instagram live series #AtHomeWithBN which has featured weight loss and fitness expert, Coach Damz of Ask Damz, Remi Majekodunmi of Grace to Parent, Steph Ogunjobi of Tidy Tribe, Lanre Olusola who is a Life Coach amongst others.
Just to bring it to your notice, coronavirus is not a death sentence. Yes, several people passed away after contracting the virus, while many recovered and survived the dreadful virus. In case you’re still in disbelief, we’ll present to you an opportunity to hear all the details from the horse’s mouth.
For our next #AtHomeWithBN episode, we’re hosting Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi @ayodejiosowobi of S.T.E.R Initiative (Stand To End Rape), an anti-sexual violence advocate and the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019. Oluwaseun was the third person to be confirmed with the virus in Nigeria, the person whose story was everywhere on social media.
She will be sharing her inspirational story of how she successfully overcame the deadly coronavirus with strength and resilience, and we hope you will be inspired by it.
Date: Monday, April 7, 2020.Time: 2 PM.Venue: @bellanaijaonline InstaLive.

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We’ve got an Exciting Lineup for Our #AtHomeWithBN InstaLive Chat this Week | April 6 – 11

Hey BNers!
It’s the beginning of another week and as you are no doubt well aware, everyone is currently working from home and observing social distancing. That’s why we kicked off #AtHomeWithBN – a series of InstaLive chats on @bellanaijaonline to help you make the best out of your time at home.
We’ll be kicking off another edition of our InstaLive series this week and we’ve got an exciting lineup just for you our lovely BellaNaijarians.
Here’s our schedule for this week!

Productivity Tips While at Home
Date: Monday, April 6, 2020.Time: 2 PMTopic: How can I focus on work right now?Guest: Lanre Olusola
All About COVID-19
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020.Time: 2 PMTopic: I survivedGuest: Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi
Let’s Talk About Mental Health
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020.Time: 2 PMTopic: This Pandemic is Triggering My AnxietyGuest: Chude Jideonwo
Parenting in the COVID-19 Era
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020.Time: 2 PMTopic: Homeschooling or Unschooling?Guest: Chika Okorafor Aneke
Cook With Me
Date: Friday, April 10, 2020.Time: 2 PM
Club BN
Date: Friday, April 10, 2020.Time: 8 PM
Get Fit With Me
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020.Time: 9 AM
Story Time
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020.Time: 2 PM
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