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Re: Tips for teacher
Posted by terence2
12/16/2013  11:58:00 PM

Why do you believe " we " would be insulted ?.. it was at one time ( states-side, ) common practice, and may still be in some instances .

Heres an interesting thought: If you worked for a large ( or small )company, and they gave Xmas bonuses, would you be insulted ?
Re: Tips for teacher
Posted by ladydance
12/22/2013  5:17:00 AM
Ok, maybe insulted was too strong a word, awkward definitely. I have never seen money given, in my limited experience of 10 years working in a studio (Canada). So maybe it is common elsewhere but I honestly haven't seen it EVER. Perhaps it is the way we do business, I take care of payments, rarely do the students pay the instructor directly so to suddenly hand them $20 would be odd for everyone.
As for your 'interesting thought', you are comparing apples to oranges. If a company I work for gives me a bonus, it is for performance. The company has clients. Often the company gives gifts to clients as a thank you for being a client. We should be giving our clients (students) gifts, not the other way around. The dance studio is the employer of the instructors, the students are the clients. If the studio decided to give the instructors a bonus, they would happily accept it. The clients pay us for a service, there is no reason why at Christmas, they should pay extra under the guise of a christmas gift.
Re: Tips for teacher
Posted by My stocking is full
3/11/2014  1:37:00 AM
I am an independent contractor. Most of my regular private students give me Christmas gifts- even the Jewish ones. I also get birthday presents and random surprise gifts. The gifts are always very thoughtful and much appreciated. The $ value is all over the place- from a hanging flower vase made from a recycled light bulb and string to custom diamond jewelry. I think anything would be ok to give, especially if it's coming from a couple.
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