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The best office perks to boost productivity


How many of you are spending your office hours in a cramped cubicle? In any given week, most employees spend over 40 hours in the office. And when you’re stressed, tired or uninspired, a ho-hum office space just doesn’t help at all.

Although many people often think modern office design and perks are to please the younger portion of the workforce, a research by recruitment website Totaljobs reveals that well-invested office space can boost the staff’s mood and output.

Sampling 1,005 employees and 260 employers in the UK, the research found that 25% of employer respondents agree that their office environment and perks help retain staff, while 27% think these perks can enhance productivity.

So, what are some examples of office perks that are proved effective?

Equipment-wise, employees said that have showers or a washing area (27%), bike storage area (26%) and sports equipment or a gym (12%) in their offices.

During their breaks, workers are provided with a quiet room (23%), while some are offered sofas, bean bags or cushions (15%). 12% of employers also allow their staff to access large, informal breakout areas.

Besides the office environment, discounts are often given to workers, including local gyms and restaurants (12%), unlimited snacks (10%) and games rooms (10%). 10% of employers also arrange inspirational talks for their staff at the office.

Lynne Cahillane, head of marketing at Totaljobs, said “With mental health concerns within the UK workforce at an all-time high, paired with a national productivity crisis, our research reveals the importance of investing in office space as a method of reducing stress and boosting outputs.”

“By providing perks, from something as practical as showers and bike storage, to the offer of unlimited snacks or a games room, employers can help to alleviate stress within the workplace and consequently boost morale and productivity,” she added.

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