Holiday bonus for service providers?
December 17, 2007 12:24 PM Subscribe
Do you give service-providers a special gift at Christmas? Does it matter if they're federal/state service providers (mail person, garbage guys) or people who work specifically for you or your company? Does it differ by country, city, or culture?
posted by arnicae to human relations (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I engaged the services of a wonderful cleaning guy this fall- he comes in once a week for an hour to help us keep ahead of our messiness. It's great, we love him.
We weren't certain if it was customary to give him a special gift at Christmas, particularly since he comes in for an hour a week. We settled on giving him double what his usual hourly rate is along with a non-specific holiday greeting card expressing appreciation for his work and help this year, but we were wondering, what is normal/customary? Is double what we usually pay him per week low? High? Just right?
We also noticed that our garbage guys left everyone little photocopied "Merry Christmas!" notes this week. Was that a solicitation for a holiday gift? Should we give them something, and if so, how much? (If it matters, we're apartment dwellers and share our garbage can with 3 others).
We're curious about YOUR holiday service-provider gifts. We assume cash is the way to go, but do you give something other than cash? To whom do you give it?
Corporate service-providers, like: the cleaning person who cleans the floor of your building?
Federal/State/Municipal service-providers, like: your garbage guys. Your mail person. Your recycling guys.
Personal service-providers, like: your nanny. Your cleaners. The guy who washes your car. Your masseuse. Your manicurist. Your waxing esthetician.
Who do you make special holiday gifts to, how much, and what (if not cash)? Thanks in advance for satisfying our curiosity (and helping us figure out this dilemma).