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Whether you consider holiday tipping a form of blackmail, a legitimate annual rite like any workplace bonus, or something in between, you have probably wondered what you get in return.
Depending on the size of your tip and the length of the recipient's memory, payback can range from a friendlier and/or more helpful attitude for a couple of months to a longer-term disposition toward special favors—bent workrules, drycleaning that regularly finds its way upstairs to you, or a wave upstairs to the plumber who shows up to install your new "television."
You could sit around waiting for staff to find ways to demonstrate their gratitude, or you can be a little more proactive and call in some special favors before the memory of your generosity fades. (Optimal time: Before the end of February.)
Can’t think of anything? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Hauling away unwanted furniture, rugs etc
- Installing closet organizers
- Rearranging your living room to accommodate the Christmas tree, and back again
- Washing your windows
- Touching up your paint
- Painting the common hallway
- Assembling your kid’s new Ikea desk, toddler bed, etc., etc.
- Feeding your cat while you're in Florida
- Moving your car to alternate side of the street
- Hanging pictures, mirrors, shelves. etc.