The replies here have been very interesting regarding tipping.
In many countries tipping professionals is suprisingly expected because many, including doctors (ie in Eastern Europe during the Communist regime and beyond, where socialized medicine exists) are government employees with fixed salaries. In Canada there is socialized medicine but professionals don’t get tips for professional/medical services. In MedSpas or DaySpas there should be policies about tipping.
Waitresses and other low paid service providers generally depend on their tips to equal what an average non-tipped employee would make. This tipping issue is confusing to the public and doesn’t make sense for those of us who look at our services as being professional.
If a professional in a medical setting or day/med spa provides a laser treatment and is asked about what is customary for tipping, its because they want to do the right thing and want to express their appreciation for quality of service. Why should any professional do less than quality and why should anyone expect more than the treatment fee for their service. Sure employees would like the extra, unexpected tip and its hard to refuse a tip for techs unless there is a clear company policy about tipping. It may be posted, or if the service provider is asked, there should be a standard answer…
“We feel our treatment fee is sufficient to cover the quality of services we provide. Thank you for asking and we really do appreciate the gesture, but our policy is not to accept tips for the medical based treatments we provide.”
You should ask the manager in private about their policy. SO many practices set their prices on providing quality treatments and give fair market pay for their techs. The price is high enough and techs should be strongly discouraged about receiving tips since it usually means they did more than what was expected of them or they are not in agreement with the treatment fees and are doing something extra to get the client’s “extra” satisfaction beyond the normal quality of care.