Tip, Tip, Tip: Know When and Where to Leave a Tip

Do you ever wonder if you are over-tipping or under-tipping, or should be tipping at all?  You are not alone.  Lots of people are unsure how much to tip the bell hop or the tour guide.  They usually end up tipping way too much or not enough.

Organize Anything has put together a handy chart of industry standards of tipping. We’ve also come up with a few ideas and suggestions on how to gracefully handle leaving a tip.

1)   Great service deserves recognition. If you are a patron of a location and appreciate the consistently great service you get, feel free to tip higher than industry standards. Hair stylists, mechanics and your favourite waiter are all people who may expect an inflated tip because you see them on a regular basis and have developed a relationship with them.

2)   Being a great tipper doesn’t excuse being a bad customer. People who work in the service industry remember bad customers more than good customers. Just because you leave a hefty tip doesn’t excuse being rude, or a difficult patron. The staff will remember you’re poor behavior and you may receive less than stellar service the next time you visit.

3)   Think about the big picture when tipping. It’s not your server’s fault if your food is overcooked and it’s not your cab driver’s fault if there’s bad traffic. However if your server delivers cold food and is reluctant to take it back, then that should factor into how much of a tip you leave.

4)   Not leaving a tip leaves a statement. Many people in the service industry make minimum wage because the companies that hire them expect them to earn the accepted minimum in tips. Not leaving a tip because you don’t feel like it can ruin a server’s shift. It will also get you branded as a bad customer by the staff. This doesn’t mean you should reward bad service though! If you receive truly horrible service mention it to the manager and leave a below minimum standard tip.

5)   Here’s a handy chart for some common services and the “industry standard” for tipping:

Job Tip
Mechanic $10-$20 for jobs up to $500, $50 for jobs over $500
Handyman $20-$30 each
Contractors (Foreman) $50
Mover $20-$50 for large, difficult moves.  $10-$20 for small moves
Taxi Driver 15-20% of fare
Take Out Delivery $1-2 or $5 for larger orders
Waiter/Waitress 15 – 20% of bill
Bartenders $1 for beer or wine, $2 for mixed drinks
Hair Stylists 15-20% of bill
Massage Therapist 10 – 20% of a one hour massage
Personal Trainer $50
Priest (for Marriage) $75-100
Wedding DJ $25-100

When in doubt about how much to leave, it is standard in North America to leave between 15 and 20 per cent. We hope that these guidelines will help you next time you need to leave a tip.

If you found the information in this article useful and you’d like to share it, please feel free – just be sure to credit us. For more great tips and information on our services visit us at www.organizeanything.com and be sure to follow us on Twitter @organizenow.



About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on April 22, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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