Does Tipping Help to Attract and Retain Better Service Workers?
A survey of several hundred restaurant servers in the United States found that servers’ attitudes toward working for tips and average tip sizes were weakly related (at best) to their service-orientation, intended job-tenure, and occupational-tenure. These findings suggest that tipping does not substantially help to attract and retain more service-oriented workers. Restaurateurs can eliminate tipping at their restaurants without fear that doing so will reduce the quality of their wait-staff.
tipping; compensation; turnover; occupational choice
Required Publisher Statement: © Routledge. Final version published as: Lynn, W. M. (2016). Does tipping help to attract and retain better service workers? Journal of Foodservice Business Research. doi: 10.1080/15378020.2016.1195218. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.