Inside the Mind of a Small Business Owner
thoughts & comments are encouraged
One question I was OFTEN asked is “should I” or “how much should I tip the guys?” Tipping the workers is 100% up to you & there is no standard. If your asking the question it already means you have thought about it & would like to, so go right ahead. Everyone’s financial situation is different, so if you intend to tip, anything is better than nothing. In my former industry it was tough work & we would be happy if someone offered us a glass of water, so the idea of offering a monetary tip would go a long way.
My employees were always paid more than a fair rate, but not all companies are the same. I have heard over the years of some extremely low wages for specific work being done. In the end, they are being paid a wage that doesn’t encourage tipping, but everything helps in today’s world. Even if it only covers a coffee, it will generally boost the moral of an employee & that can only improve the quality of your job. We are all people & not robots, so kind gestures will almost certainly put a smile on someone’s face.
Do you have to tip? No you don’t. Should you tip? That is up to you. Every situation is a little different & not just based on your personal finances. People are hired to do a job & that is what they get paid for. But what if a worker does the best work you have ever seen? Or what if someone goes above & beyond their responsibilities (which is rare these days)? That generally means that individual cares about what they are doing & if nothing else you would be rewarding that effort. Maybe consider it a way of paying it forward & it can create a positive momentum for their work ethic in the future.
I have some unique experiences in my professional life with tipping. As a lot of you know, I was also in the service industry when I started PoWeR. So I have seen all sides of this particular subject matter. I have worked for tips, I have labored for my own company & hired employees to work for my company. My personal motto is always to be generous when I can (pay it forward) because I know the gesture can go a long way for some.
One thing I always do (as I stated above) is offer any employee hydration. But if they are doing anything laborious that saves me the time & energy, I usually offer some form of a monetary tip. A perfect example is when I had to replace a refrigerator at my condo. I order a new one online, they deliver it/set it up & remove the old one too. I could have simply said that is their job, they get paid for it & that would have been just fine. But the way I view it is they saved me a bunch of trouble carrying it up the stairs, arranging for help & most likely some frustration as well. So I gave a tip that I was able to afford.
If nothing else, tipping is a form of gratitude & can make someone’s day. No matter how big or small, it all helps in the end & could possibly create a butterfly effect in a positive way. After all, every single one of us is just a person trying to make it in this world. If you can afford it, then go for it. If you don’t have it in the budget, you don’t have to feel bad either. But again, if you are asking the question you may as well go ahead and tip because it could change someone’s day (or even their outlook on life).
Thank you for reading - PRW