Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Tipping

Around this time of year you will be expected to give a Christmas tip to those working in your building.  Most places will send you a card from everyone working in the building which gives you a list of who you are expected to tip.

Luckily I know everyone in my building and the staff is fairly small, so I am happy to give them all something for Christmas.  However, some of my friends have been sent cards with over 20 people on them, most of whom they have never met, so it can be quite tricky knowing who to tip. 

Of course it is up to the individual to decide who they tip and how much they give, but I would recommend giving something to the 'Superintendent' or 'Super' as they manage the building and will be your first point of contact for any problems that may arise.   I would also give something to doormen/concierge's if you have them in your building, as you see them on a daily basis and they take delivery of your packages, etc.  I also give to the handyman and porters that work in my building.

If you have just moved into a building it may be quite frustrating to be expected to tip everyone, but I would still give a small token in preparation for the year ahead. 

It can be an expensive time of year, but I think giving something to those who work in your building is an investment in the year ahead. It is also a great opportunity to recognise the people who make a difference in your building and thank those who have helped you throughout the year.

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