New Harris Poll: Americans to leave bigger tips during the holidays

Over One-Third (37%) Often Find Themselves Unable to Tip Because They Don’t Have Cash on Hand, According to New Harris Poll Commissioned By DailyPay
DailyPayDecember 7, 20234 min

With the holiday season upon us, the majority of Americans claim they won’t be resembling Ebenezer Scrooge this year when it comes to tipping. A new survey conducted by The Harris Poll, commissioned by DailyPay, reveals 59% of Americans say they tend to give bigger tips during the holiday season compared to the rest of the year. 

Younger generations are seemingly more generous when it comes to tipping than they were in 2022. Nearly half of Gen Z ages 18-26 (49%) say, in general, they tip more often than they did last year (compared to 36% of Millennials ages 27-42, 19% of Gen Xers ages 43-58 and 21% of Boomers ages 59-77). Overall, nearly 3 in 10 Americans (29%) doled out gratuities more often than in the previous year.

Unfortunately for workers who rely on cash tips, the poll results highlight a definite challenge. More than a third (37%) of Americans say they often find themselves unable to tip because they don’t have cash on hand. That percentage goes up when it comes to the younger demographics, including Gen Z (45%) and Millennials (49%). 

For those who do receive tips, the timing of when they receive them can be a serious impediment because of their company’s payroll schedule. For some tipped employees, it could be weeks before the tips make it into their pockets. According to the survey, most Americans (88%) believe that employees should receive the tips they’ve earned immediately/the same day.

To combat these problems and support those impacted employees, DailyPay has created a new ‘DailyPay Tips’ capability where employees can access their tips in real time as they earn them and track their tips and hourly pay in one place.

Just like with their hourly pay, they can see how much is available now with the ability to access their earnings and send them to any account. This visibility enables them to make educated, real-time decisions and helps them feel in control of their finances. 

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