Culture not fun
A huge majority of UK workers find ‘fun’ office features such as ping pong tables, picnic chairs and offbeat office designs of little benefit, while one-quarter of them find some really annoying, according to a survey conducted by Kiwi Movers. The latter says that’s probably why it’s seen a spike in the volume of non-essential bits and pieces being hived away in its various storage units around London.
Businesses often confuse perks with culture, reckons Cary Cooper CBE, professor of organisational psychology and health at the Alliance Manchester Business School. “Providing recreational spaces and a fun environment are not the same as establishing a positive culture that makes employees happy, improves retention rates and increases output.”
He adds that anyone can order a few hammocks and beanbags from Amazon, “but it takes years of hard work, research and commitment to values to establish a meaningful workplace culture.”
The survey found that staff really appreciate those simple lifestyle perks, with free coffee and breakfast, a drinks fridge and free fruit.