Ping-Pong tables, rock climbing walls, foosball tables, gym memberships...we've all heard of office perks that help attract talent to some organisations. But do they make better & more effective organisations?
The linked article promotes that being more deliberate in the design and combination of the perks offered to employees can increase performance dramatically.
We are always on the lookout for ideas that help develop our talents and connect us better as teams, including to better understand why our work is important. The authors suggest that there are four characteristics of office perks that can actually be effective to achieve this:
- they inspire curiosity
- they help you see why your work matters
- they help you blaze a trail forward
- they help you stay sane, stable & satisfied
Finding the right combination of course would differ from organisation-to-organisation from and team-to-team.
As our meta-analysis of decades of research shows, people perform best when they enjoy the work itself, find purpose in the impact of their work, and see potential for future opportunities. As a matter of fact, these motives are so powerful that they account for an incredible 28% increase in sales revenue among frontline sales employees. In order for perks to improve productivity and overall performance, they have to tap into one or more of workers' direct motives—not their love of rock climbing. Perks can be a powerful force for creativity, collaboration, and other adaptive behaviours if they meet certain criteria: namely, increasing the play, purpose, and potential employees feel in their work.