Do you tip your catering staff? If not, there’s a good chance that you should start doing so. Here’s why: according to a recent study, tipping your catering staff can actually lead to increased revenue for your business.
What is a tipping guideline?
When you’re dining out, it’s always polite to leave a gratuity for the waitstaff. However, what amount is appropriate? Well, that depends on your country’s tipping guidelines. Here are a few examples:
In the United States, gratuities range from 10%-15%.
In Canada, gratuities are generally 12%-15% but can be higher in some cases (such as at high-end restaurants).
In the United Kingdom, gratuities are generally 10%-12%.
In Australia, gratuities are generally 18% of the bill.
What is the difference between gratuity and tips?
If you have never been given tips before, gratuity is the customary way to say “thank you” in the United States. Tips are what the catering staff gets when they “over-deliver” on your order. It is customary to leave a 10-15% tip on top of your bill.
In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, tips are not customary and are not expected. Some people feel that tips should be based on how much the server makes in total, not just how much they receive in gratuity. If you are dining out with a group, it is polite to leave different amounts of tips for each person, based on how much they contributed to the meal.
Generally, if you are paying for something, such as a meal, and the server does not bring it to the table, it is customary to leave a tip.
Types of tipping
There are a few different ways to the tip catering staff. Some people might tip based on the service they received, others might give a percentage of the bill, and still, others might give a flat amount. Here are four tips for tipping catering staff:
1. Tip Based on the Service Received: Many people tip based on how well the catering staff treated them and performed their job. For instance, if the staff was polite and helped with whatever they needed, they might receive a tipped 20% of their bill. If the service was poor, however, they might only receive a tipped 10%.
2. Tip in Proportion to How Much You Paid: Another common way to tip is to give a proportional amount of what you paid for the service. For example, if you paid $100 for an event and received five hours of catering service, you would tip $5 per hour ($20 total).
3. Give a Flat Amount: Sometimes people just want to give something away without having to think about it too much. They can simply round up or down to the nearest dollar and give that as their tip.
4. Leave a Tip on the Table: In some cases, it’s not possible or desirable to tip the catering staff. For instance, if you paid with cash and didn’t leave a tip in the jar, the staff might not get tipped at all. In these cases, you can simply leave a tip on the table for the staff.
How much do you tip catering staff?
When it comes to tipping catering staff, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, general tips for how much to tip can be found below. It is important to keep in mind that these amounts should only be used as a guide – always consult your own personal tipping etiquette before leaving a gratuity.
When considering how much to tip catering staff, consider the following factors: number of guests served, time spent preparing food, and quality of service provided. For example, if you had six guests and the catering staff spent 30 minutes preparing food, a gratuity of 15% would be appropriate. If the food was not particularly tasty or the service was poor, a tip of 10% or less may be more appropriate.
Finally, remember that gratuities are always appreciated and go a long way in making sure that your guests have an enjoyable experience at your event.
When do you tip catering staff?
When you’re dining out, there are a few things to keep in mind when tipping your catering staff. Although there is no set rule, most people generally tip around 15-20% of the bill. It’s important to note that this is just a guideline – depending on the service, tip size, and other circumstances, you may want to give more or less.
One thing to keep in mind is that, unlike restaurant service where tips are pooled among all employees, catering staff typically receive their own separate tips. So if you’re feeling generous, consider tipping your catering staff out of proportion to the service they provided – it will show them that their hard work was appreciated!
Finally, it’s always a good idea to thank your catering staff in person – a handwritten note or card is always appreciated.