Tuesday Buzz: Fighting for Hotel Housekeepers

Most hotel service workers get a tip, with housekeepers being a notable exception. The New York Times explores why. Also: spooky stories from the nonprofit world guaranteed to give you a chill.

When travelers stay at hotels, they probably know to tip the bellhop or valet attendant, but, all too often, hotel housekeepers get left high and dry. One nonprofit is fighting on behalf of housekeepers to promote better tipping.

According to a  New York Times article, people may be less likely to tip a housekeeper because they don’t have face-to-face interactions with them like they do a bellhop. “Tipping norms, or the lack of them, may be especially unfair to housekeepers, who arguably do more for guests than park their cars or push the cart containing their dinners,” writes Tammy La Gorce.

So, how much should you tip? The American Hotel & Lodging Association suggests $1 to $5 per night of your stay [PDF].


On Halloween, people are enjoying frights from supernatural tales about vampires, ghosts, and werewolves. But the nonprofit world has a whole host of spine-tingling issues that can give you a scare.

Nonprofit: Always Fresh shares seven spooky stories to mark the holiday, including the tale of a review proposal gone wrong.

“The last trustee, who had been scanning the proposal, lowered his reading glasses. Several seconds passed, marked by the ticking of the clock. ‘It is innovative,’ he said, ‘but I don’t see a track record.’ From somewhere in the distance, in the night, Henry could almost hear it—a faint, mournful wailing of an executive director.”

Other Links of Note

Many associations are struggling to recruit young members. The Wild Apricot blog shares one simple reason why young people aren’t signing up.

What does servant leadership require? Forbes shares characteristics of successful leaders.

We’ve all been told that short content works better online. But NiemanLab reports that some people prefer longer content.

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Raegan Johnson

By Raegan Johnson

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