Charity starts at home, and this often means, charity starts as a personal decision.
In Kenya, the majority don’t have enough to tip the right amount (or) to tip at all.
However, even as we go about dealing with the 'high-and-lows’ of life, it’s a decent, important act: to thank, reward and give back, especially during the holiday season.
For those who have made your life somewhat better / enjoyable, the holidays are traditionally a time to tip them; but some people are / maybe easily overlooked.
Before you get started, here are some pointers to make sure you spend wisely and to avoid many awkward and embarrassing moments:-
For locals and tourists, tip what you can but you can use a free online tipping calculator to calculate the right tip’ amount, to include with your total bill (e.g.) For a Kshs.100 bill, you tip 10%, that is Kshs.10 and your total bill is Kshs.110
It’s not a question of “should you” rather it’s about “who and how much”
(e.g.) gift vouchers, gift baskets, upgraded work terms for more time-off, invitation to join you and your family for lunch or a dinner or a family outing as a guest, written and/or verbal informal “thank you”
(e.g.) co-workers, supervisors and bosses, teachers, principals and school staff, lawyers, long-term care facility workers, realtors, healthcare workers, public service and government workers, accountants and financial advisors
NB: Consider A Gift Rather Than A Tip
(e.g.) China, Iceland, Japan don’t have a tipping culture, In Australia minimum wage is more than average and tipping isn’t expected whereas in Netherlands ,the UK, India tipping is expected and the amount varies-per-situation (etc.)
Now, read on to understand who to tip, how to / how much to tip and why they deserve to be tipped.
Literally, starting at home (i.e.) with those that spend a significant time with your cherished ones and taking care of your valuable possessions, is always a great place to begin.
Money is a good tip, but this is one instance where including an extra or a personal tip of sentimental value, is a better option.
For example - tip a week’s pay, and include a small gift from your family or a hand-made gift by your child /children, a gift basket / voucher (etc.)
*see tips-on-tipping section* for non-monetary ideas
You know you’ve hit the pro jackpot when you get someone who pays attention-to-detail to understand your style / look and expertly deliver on it! So, why not say thank you with a lil’ something extra during the holidays too?
Here’s how to go about it:-
NB: If a regular visit is above Kshs.500 and a 100% bonus is a bit-of-a stretch consider a 15% - 20% bonus tip amount
It might be busier now - but online shopping and deliveries do help to ensure that we have a normal life, in the midst of the nationwide and world pandemic measures.
Each delivery may have different personnel assigned, what next?
Keep your household and travel budget in mind, and consider a generous tip in general recognition of all service providers' hard-work’ during the holiday season.
In consideration to delivery and pickup services working double time to meet the “pandemic and seasonal custom” demand, respect each business’s tipping-guidelines and choose practical yet neutral tipping ideas.
Here are two ideas:-
Share a few words beyond, “yes, that’s mine / how much is it / are you XYZ / Do I sign anything etc.” - anything more beyond the usual cliché phrases to complete the transaction will do
Anything else sound good? Feel free to be creative but be practical
Those who help take care of our family members or dependents with special needs due to age-related factors, health, disabilities (etc.) hold a special place in the hearts-of an individual and/or family.
Here’s a tipping guide:-
NB: This translates into a profile boost for your caretaker for job promotion or pay raise / performance bonus considerations
NB: If you choose to drop them off at your caregiver’s place of work - spread the cheer around.
Confirm their work shift schedule and bring enough to cover the staffers who are on shift too
(if this option is tedious, go for an in-person gifting at a neutral location, where you’d both be comfortable)
Chances are that eating out is one of your holiday / leisure activities (you’re probably eating out and reading this and were into it! Just remember to tip too)
Don’t feel pressured to tip – do it within your budget and in the spirit of giving. Locally, servers / waiters & waitresses don’t expect tips especially in buffet-themed restaurants and fast-food restaurants.
However, if you’re not on first-name basis or a regular, (yes, tipping your bartender is acceptable). The 10% rule of thumb applies and anything extra is your choice
Be 'Mindfully-Generous’ Even When In Doubt
No matter what – there is no downside to exercising compassion.
Whether you're indoors or outdoors – it takes a team of people to make sure you enjoy yourself, when you want and how you want to. With this in mind – tipping isn’t a luxury or mindless act at all, now is it?
Do your part and share a smile (that’s free, so no excuses)