Unwrapping Trends in Holiday Tipping

'Tis the season for Tipping

Year after year, we are reminded that the holidays are the season of giving.

It is a time to reflect on our good fortunes, share with others, and promote the season of giving with both tangible and intangible gifts.christmas2

This time of year, however, it is difficult to ignore the ties between the sentiments of generosity and personal finances. We give gifts, give our time to others, and of course we are expected to give generously in the form of tipping.

While there is no explicit standard when it comes to how much one should tip, Simon Jersey has conducted research showing that, on average, the British tend to leave a 7% tip.

So what impact does this festive time of year have on the generosity demonstrated by the British when it comes to tipping?

Christmas Time Tipping

Research shows that one in four survey respondents increased their gratuity by an average of £3.54 around Christmas.Waiter

Even those who don’t usually tip were found to be more generous during the holiday season, with one in 10 survey respondents saying they would leave a tip during the holiday season even if they don’t usually do so.

Not only does the time of year affect the size of a tip, but the way workers dress greatly impacts how much they are tipped.

The British are less likely to leave a tip if a person providing them a service looks scruffy and unkempt.

Research also found that when workers were dressed well and looked put together, 21% of people said they were more likely to leave a larger tip.

As evidenced by research findings, the holidays tend to be time of increased financial generosity and a time to pay it forward.

As we get closer to the holidays, keep in mind that while tipping more generously is certainly not required, it is a nice way to express your appreciation during the holiday season.

Helen Harker, Design Manager at Simon Jersey, said the research should act as a reminder that in an era when many companies are introducing more relaxed dress codes for their staff, it still pays to look smart when you have a customer-facing job.

“Britons tend to have an unorthodox approach to tipping, so it’s important that workers who rely on gratuity to top up their income take every measure possible to increase their chances of getting a tip,” she commented.

“Being polite and attentive are a minimum requirement.

As our research showed, a person’s appearance can make all the difference, with one in five people admitting that they would give more if they felt the person serving them had made an effort to look presentable.

Whether you’re a hairdresser, hotel worker or waiter, having a smart uniform could prove to be profitable, particularly in the run up to Christmas when customers are feeling a little more generous.”

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