Three years ago, Dasha Johnson was sitting in her car outside a Crystal City hotel. She was on her lunch break, and she was in tears.
She was in the middle of getting through the nearly 20 rooms she was assigned to clean that day, and she felt overwhelmed. It wasn’t necessarily the job that was difficult. She was the only African American housekeeper, and she started “seeing things I didn’t like,” she explains.
In her car, she scrolled through Indeed job listings on her phone. She found one for a cleaner at Well-Paid Maids, a living-wage home cleaning company. She applied, not thinking much of it until she began researching the company later that evening.
It had a lot to offer: Living wages (which now start at $20 an hour); health, vision and dental insurance; 22 paid days off a year; and 100% employer-paid commuting costs.
Dasha received a call the following day from Aaron Seyedian, the company’s founder, and she was ready to start her new job ASAP.
Fast forward, and Dasha has been at Well-Paid Maids for more than three years, and she was recently promoted from cleaner to operations manager. The company is committed to promoting from within, and Dasha has been the second cleaner promoted to a management role.
“Oh em gee. I cried. I literally cried,” Dasha says, recounting the call she got from Aaron about her promotion. “I had to cover my mouth because I didn’t want to scream in his ear. I felt like the hard work and dedication had paid off.”
In her time at Well-Paid Maids, Dasha has felt nothing but support both professionally and personally. For instance, when her ceiling collapsed at home and her landlord was nowhere to be found, Aaron encouraged her to focus on her family and even connected her with a realtor.
Plus, the job perks have been great, too. The vision insurance helps her save money on her daughter’s contact lenses, and the health insurance was crucial when her daughter broke her arm. Most recently, she took a week off of work to relax — to “rest my bones,” she says. She was even able to watch some TV, which she never gets to do.
Even through all these positive experiences with the company, she says her favorite part is connecting with Well-Paid Maids’ customers. When she was a cleaner, she got to know her clients well, and now she keeps up with them when they reach out to schedule their cleanings.
If you’re ready to get your home professionally cleaned by one of Well-Paid Maids’ fully vaccinated employees, you can give Dasha a call at 202-715-1646 or book an appointment quickly and easily online. If you have any questions, please send an email over to [email protected] and Dasha will be happy to help you out!
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