I try to treat people as human beings.... If they know you care, it brings out the best in them.
--Sir Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, The Virgin Group
Do you think that the Richard Branson approach might work in your relationship with your domestic helper? Here are a couple more quotes to stimulate you.
"The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you."
Anita Roddick, Founder and CEO, The Body Shop
"What creates trust, in the end, is the leader's manifest respect for the followers."
James O'Toole, Author of Leading Change
Sounds somewhat like Jesus said
"Treat other people the way you would want to be treated."
This is the key to being a good boss or a good employee. As employers, let's lead by example. Focus on being a good employer and see what happens to the performance of your employee. Of course, a good employer will have reasonable standards and expectations, but he won't place all of the burden on the employee, but rather will bring out the best in his employees.