The Top Office Perks To Retain & Attract Staff

Top Office Perks To Retain Staff & Attract High-Tier Talent

September 20th, 2023

In the competitive arena of the job market, companies are continually seeking innovative ways to not only attract but also retain top-tier talent. Beyond the appeal of salaries and career advancement opportunities, one of the cornerstones of employee retention lies in the office perks and benefits a company provides. These offerings not only enhance job satisfaction but also cultivate a vibrant and engaging work environment. Much like choosing a unique office space in a prime location (such as our serviced offices in Fitzrovia), creating a range of office perks can set your company apart in the mission to retain the best talent.

In this article, we delve into the top workspace-themed employee perks that forward-thinking companies can employ to capture and retain their most prized assets—talented employees.

What perks do employees value most?

When it comes to the most attractive perks, studies continue to highlight benefits such as flexibility, overtime and company-funded retirement plans as the most highly regarded choices. But it doesn’t stop there. More companies than ever are choosing to offer an extensive list of employee benefits in order to attract the best talent, with perks such as flexible hours now considered standard, rather than exceptional.

Employees now want access to additional perks that will boost their day-to-day wellbeing – from the quality of the furniture they work from to the amenities on offer and more.

What are the top workspace-based employee perks?

Your environment plays an integral role in your ability to do your best work, which is why office-based benefits are some of the most effective when it comes to retaining your best employees.

We’ve curated some of the most popular workspace-based employee benefits, to help businesses evaluate and enhance their own offering.

Ergonomic Workspace Furniture

Employee satisfaction and productivity hinge on workplace comfort. Ergonomic furnishings, including adaptable desks and chairs, play a pivotal role in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal issues and enhancing overall well-being.

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Ergonomic furniture can reduce back pain

Bespoke Office design

Allowing employees to tailor their workstations can significantly improve their day-to-day comfort. Our recent article on the importance of bespoke office design explains this in further detail.

Remote Working Options Using Hot-Desking

Whilst remote work is increasingly popular, the majority of employees still prefer coming into the office regularly. Offering hot-desking options within the office allows employees the flexibility to choose when they work from the office and when they work remotely. This approach caters to different work styles and preferences, contributing to employee satisfaction.

Breakout Spaces

Creating on-site breakout space is a fantastic means to cultivate teamwork and relaxation. These designated spaces offer employees a refreshing change of scenery, enabling them to recharge and engage with colleagues in a more informal atmosphere.

 Kitchen amenities

A simple yet effective perk, providing free tea and coffee in the office can make a significant difference in employee satisfaction. It not only saves employees money but also promotes social interaction and keeps everyone energised throughout the day.

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Free tea and coffee keeps staff energised

Cycle to Work Scheme

Promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, a cycle-to-work scheme encourages employees to commute by bicycle. Companies can provide subsidies for bike purchases and maintenance, making it easier for staff to embrace a greener, healthier mode of transportation.

 Local Fitness Centre Access and Discounts

The connection between physical well-being and job satisfaction is undeniable. To promote a healthier (and therefore happier) workforce, businesses can partner with local fitness centres to provide employees with reduced membership rates or even access to on-site fitness facilities. Regular exercise can enhance energy levels, alleviate stress, and contribute to a more motivated and engaged team.

Exclusive Discounts at Local Establishments

Supporting local businesses not only benefits the community but also provides a unique perk for employees. Companies can negotiate discounts with nearby restaurants, cafes, and stores, enhancing the overall quality of life for their staff.

 Free Snacks and Refreshments

Beyond coffee and tea, offering a variety of healthy snacks and drinks can keep employees refreshed and energised throughout the day.

Green Spaces

Embrace the vitality of nature within your workspace by introducing indoor plants, rooftop gardens, or outdoor seating areas, cultivating a more delightful and eco-conscious environment.

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Green space enhances energy and concentration

The Latest Technology

Ensure your office technology remains cutting-edge, boasting fast Wi-Fi, advanced collaboration tools, and ergonomic accessories, guaranteeing peak efficiency for your team.

Personalised Workspaces

Allowing employees to personalise their workspaces (even giving them a budget to do so), with photos, artwork, or plants can create a sense of ownership and comfort.

Conclusion

By offering a combination of these workspace-based perks, companies can create a positive, inclusive, and motivating work environment that not only attracts top talent but also retains and engages their employees for the long term. Tailoring these perks to the unique needs and preferences of your workforce is key to their effectiveness.

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