Tip Jarred

scroogeDahlings, Mariott Hotels are placing envelopes in rooms to tactfully remind you to tip the person who cleans your hotel room.

What splendid Chutzpah, Bill!  Emotionally blackmail your guests to compensate for you paying your workesr lsuch ow wages. I admire it.

Others however do not:

“It is not Marriott’s responsibility to remind customers to tip; it’s their responsibility to pay their workers enough so that tips aren’t necessary,” said author Barbara Ehrenreich, who tried working as a hotel maid for her 2001 book “Nickel and Dimed,” which chronicled her experiences in low-wage jobs.

Marriott’s Corporate 2014 Awards and Recognition are interesting in relationship to this tip envelope initiative. From Marriott.com  [Queue a drum role please].

  • Marriott International was named to the Forbes World’s Most Innovation Companies list, ranking as the highest hotel company and #18 overall.
  • Marriott International received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award from the National Business Group on Health for the first time.
  • Marriott Rewards has been named the top hotel loyalty program in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014-2015 Best Rewards Programs for a second consecutive year.
  • Marriott Rewards was named The Top Hotel Loyalty Program – 7th Year in a Row, as well as Best Promotion – Americas; Best Redemption Ability – Americas; and Best Customer Service – Americas(Freddie’s). Marriott Rewards has also been named top hotel loyalty program in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power, and best hotel loyalty program by the readers of US News & World Report, About.com, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.
  • Marriott International ranked #16 on the DiversityInc’s 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity. The company was also ranked #7 for its supplier diversity efforts.
  • Marriott International has earned the 2014 Work-Life Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress® (AWLP)
  • Ethisphere Institute – World’s Most Ethical Companies 2014 
  • FORTUNE – ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ – (Marriott ranked Most Admired Lodging Company)
  • LATINA Style Magazine ranks Marriott International #15 on its LATINA Style 50 list. This is the 17th year Marriott has been named to this list.
  • National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) – ‘Top 50 Companies for Women in 2013’ (Marriott ranked in top 10)
  • FORTUNE – ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ (#57)

I am sure the women cleaners will be delighted that they work for such a well admired, ethical and stylized company. Those accolades surely make up for a minimum wage and relying on charity of their hotel guests.

Ciao for now, Cleo.


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Webbs - September 18, 2014

But there’s something especially irritating about the way that Marriott and Maria Shriver, founder of A Woman’s Nation, have characterized the campaign as an opportunity for guests “to express their gratitude”. “I hope this gratitude initiative will make these women feel seen and validated,” Shriver was quoted as saying.


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