The culture of tipping is one complexing for most. To tip basically means to give an extra amount of money to a professional for the work he or she has done for you. The professionals that earn these tips almost always belong to the tertiary industry – the service industry. They comprise all the professions that are built on providing a service for other individuals. The word tip itself is mostly associated with waiters and waitresses of dining establishments – but concierges, maids, supermarket employees, store owners, etc. all also receive tips at some point or other.
With the concept of tipping cleared, there are three principal questions that you ought to ask yourself with regards to tipping your chauffeur service Melbourne:
- Does your chauffeur ‘need’ to be tipped?
- When should your chauffeur be tipped?
- How much your chauffeur should be tipped?
It is on the three questions above that the culture of tipping your chauffeur rests upon. To begin with, answering the first question is very easy. Your chauffeur, like any other waitress, concierge, maid, etc., is a professional belonging to the service industry. Accordingly, he or she is also another professional who deserves to be tipped. Moving on, the question of when he or she should be tipped can also be answered equally easily. Any chauffeur deserves and should be tipped for a service that goes beyond what is expected of his salary.
For example, suppose that you were very late in between your airport transfers Melbourne, but your chauffeur manages to take you in time to your next flight: your entire schedule has just been salvaged by his or her hard work. In such a situation, you yourself would feel compelled to provide the chauffeur with some additional reward – a tip.Thirdly, if you are wondering how much you should be paying as tips to a chauffeur, understand first that the amount is entirely upon you. You can decide any amount of money to be given as tips. However, a meagre tip is definitely going to leave a bad impression of you – and as such, a ‘minimum’ amount has often been quoted.
Around ten to twenty percent of the price of your trip is the minimum tip – any value below this is better left unpaid. Lastly, understand that not all companies and countries have the same culture around tipping. Countries such as the United States have a very strict tipping culture: most professionals will expect to be tipped for any service they provide. On the contrary, countries such as Japan often frown upon the practice and refuse any sort of tip or extra emolument. Make sure to double check with the respective chauffeur company on their policies with regards to tipping to be sure.