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If an employee is sent somewhere by the boss/company via Uber and they are covering expenses, how should the employee tip the driver?

  • Should the employee act as if he is taking his own ride, and tip the same way he normally would, even though it's not his money?
  • Should the employee not tip at all because the company is paying for travel expenses and a tip is not a necessary travel expense?
  • Can the employee tip the driver an astronomical amount because he's not losing any money anyway?

  • Must the employee ask the boss every time how much he can/should tip, or at least ask one time for general guidance?

  • Should the employee simply tip the driver from his own pocket?

  • Is there any sort of accepted workplace norm regarding this type of situation?
  • Do companies have official policies about this?
  • What are the legal and ethical ramifications of this?
  • Would it make a difference if the trips are a rare occurrence or a daily activity?

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  • How often are you taking these work related Uber trips? – Snow May 16 '18 at 14:54
  • Are you or your company socially obligated to leave any tip at all? – user34587 May 16 '18 at 14:56
  • @Kozaky No more than any rider is. – Alex May 16 '18 at 15:01
  • @Snow See the edit. – Alex May 16 '18 at 15:04
  • Related: workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/28115/… – Alex May 16 '18 at 15:10
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For the occasional trip, I would tip approximately out of my own pocket to make things simple (and preventing the finance department from asking me why I'm expensing tips).

For more regular trips, I would ask for guidance from my manager and then follow that advice.

  • I meant to include an option of tipping yourself in the question. I will edit it in. – Alex May 16 '18 at 15:11
  • My employer's policy is that tips are not reimbursable. Whether in a restaurant or to a taxi driver. Also we apply this to contractors that we pay expenses for. – Michael Harvey May 16 '18 at 19:08

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