MA vs Independent Providers
At Maid Affordable, we hire EMPLOYEES, not CONTRACTORS.
This is an intentional decision and one that we feel ensures we have a very solid, consistent, trustworthy team, AND gives us the ability to impact the quality of our work to your standards. The IRS looks at a number of factors when determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The items that we feel are non-negotiable when sending a professional cleaner into your home include the following requirements for employees:
Receives training from the company.
- This is so important! We TRAIN our employees to clean the Maid Affordable way. Agencies cannot “train” their contractors. They do simple screening, at most, before sending contractors into homes. Our employees don’t simply complete a background check and receive a list to complete, they undergo a thorough training process and graduate from training before being sent to clean a home. We continually train our employees on the use of products, surfaces in your home, cleaning techniques, safety, and last, but certainly not least, SERVICE.
Is provided tools/cleaning supplies. Receives direction from the company.
Why should this matter to you?
- Receives training from the company
- Works full time for the company– All of our employees are full-time. This is important for so many reasons! • Reliability – Contractors are sporadic with their schedule and may work for several different agencies part-time; that results in sporadic interruptions in your schedules (AKA = unreliable). • Consistency– Employees that have one full-time job are naturally more committed to that job, creating consistency. That consistency is helpful to our clients as well because it increases the likelihood of having the same team member(s) clean your home. • Loyalty – Employees are more loyal. They put all of their energy into one company and are usually in need of full-time work. This equates to professional cleaners who take their jobs seriously and want to satisfy clients in order to promote long-term relationships. • Quality – Employees who perform the same work repeatedly develop a pattern and an eye for detail because of their repeated experience cleaning. They simply tend to have better quality when it comes to cleaning. • Speed – Cleaning is labor-intensive and tiring! In our field, contractors who clean sporadically have more trouble keeping up and tend to get less done on jobs. Employees build up endurance and speed. They repeatedly clean so much that their bodies are used to the workload and are accustomed to moving quickly, as well as bending, squatting, and kneeling to get to low areas. Just as a carpenter develops speed using tools in his toolbelt, our full-time employees develop speed using their cleaning tools in their cleaning kits. This equates to more scrubbing for your dollar.
- Receives direction from the company-Contractors cannot legally be instructed or disciplined in their jobs. We have ongoing meetings, training, huddles, and parties with our employees like a good team should. When something is being done right, we give a high five, a pat on the back, and other fun rewards. When something is done wrong, we correct and re-strategize. Having employees rather than contractors allows us to develop our team members’ strengths.