TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday) an acclamation we often use to welcome the coming weekend. It is especially used by people in the workforce who had a rather tiring or stressful week. With the high stress level and huge workloads, how do companies keep their valued employees coming to work? Nowadays, it takes more than a large salary, allowances and the usual benefits like medical and retirement. Monetary compensation seems to be not enough anymore.
More and more, large companies are making the offices more convenient, providing for the immediate needs of the employees. They are trying to make the workplace more pleasant and relaxing by adding office perks. These are designed to entice employees to show up for work and even make them stay there for long hours.
Office perks are added benefits that employees get to use and enjoy while they are at work, and some office perks help employees make every day errands easy and within their reach.
Don’t You Wish Your Office Had…
Personal Grooming and Healthcare
Some offices have constructed gyms inside of their office buildings for the exclusive use of their employees. Instead of going to a barber or hair salon, Google employees can get a haircut inside their office. Aside from these two, some offices have free services for their employees’ healthcare like yoga classes, in-house doctors and nutritionists.
One of the office perks that helps employees cut the time that they spend running errands is having included laundry and dry cleaning services.
Now who would work well on an empty stomach or worse, work with lousy cafeteria food? Modern companies today serve gourmet food or have other healthy options. They believe that this can increase productivity by keeping the employees inside the work premises instead of ditching cafeteria food and going someplace to eat. This idea minimizes the chance employees will come back late from lunches and snacks.
Some companies today allow pets inside the office premises. They allow their employees to bring their pets to work as long as the pets can behave and will not cause disturbance in the workplace.
Now, employees with kids can take their children to work and drop them off at the office’s daycare. No more worrying about who will take care of their kids when they are at work. Plus, employees can even check up on them anytime of the day. Some office daycares have webcams installed in the daycare area so that parents can see their child through the computer without having to leave their desks.
Or What About…
Can anyone really have fun or relax while at work? Some employers create places where their employees can unwind and regenerate their tired minds and bodies. Game rooms are one example of this, and many offices are creating them. Equipped with the usual pool tables, foosball, video games and many others, workers can surely unwind and recharge their minds with these fun games. Some big offices even have swimming pools where employees can take a dip anytime of the day.
Amazingly, quiet rooms are also available where a worker can take a nap, relax or unwind with the sound of soft music or just spend some quiet time to think. A gadget called Metronap Energy Pod, made famous by the Google office, is now being installed in offices. It is a cozy chair where one can have powernaps while being lulled to sleep by relaxing sounds.
Companies like Samsung and Intel have massage chairs available for employees and even have in-house masseuse.
With these amazing perks, the more suitable question perhaps is, will the employees ever get their tasks done? Will they not just waste the day away taking advantage of these free perks? How can productivity be achieved if precious office hours are spent on leisure activities instead of getting the job done? The question may boggle any individual who does not own these successful companies. But over the years, these perks seem to work for them and their profits show it. The employees, on the other hand, work much better and are healthier because they are less stressed and happy with their work environment.
Wouldn’t you rather work for a company who caters to your personal needs and not just your professional growth?