Summer tiiiime… making a living ain’t easy… so goes the song (we think). Because it’s July, it’s hot and we’re trying to act like it’s normal to be sitting in an office all day. Except everything isn’t normal. Oh no….
A new survey by Peldon Rose found that 84% of employees believe ‘summer perks’ would boost their productivity, yet over a third (34%) of UK offices don’t offer any. Some organisations are even failing to provide office essentials such as air conditioning, which employees say directly improves their productivity.
What did the survey find?
During the summer, many organisations face the constant battle of keeping employees motivated, and offering seasonal perks can help address this friction. Of the companies that did offer summer perks, casual dress (35%), team meals (22%) and team drinks (34%) were most common, while an early finish (7%) and ice cream (13%) were the least common.
The report also revealed that air conditioning is the most valued office facility (60%), yet 37% of organisation didn’t provide it. In fact, employees value their office environment so much that 31% said they’d be willing to give up part of their salary for refurbishments, and would spend more time in the office if it had better facilities. Further key takeaways revolved around:
How do employers tackle these issues?
Cost-friendly summer perks will promote employee engagement and improve productivity, helping organisations attract and retain talent.
Jitesh Patel, chief executive, Peldon Rose, commented on the findings: “We know that in the summer, employees tend to exercise more, eat healthier and place a higher value on office facilities, such as changing areas, showers and air conditioning. They also want to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air whenever possible, making the desire to have access to outdoor spaces and natural lighting that much more important to their wellbeing.
“As our survey reveals, it is clear that employees don’t feel their offices are doing enough to meet these needs or to instigate team bonding. If employees are willing to give up part of their salary and spend more time in the office due to an office refurbishment, businesses should take notice and put an emphasis on creating strategic changes to their office that benefits their workforce”.- By Hannah Sims, editor at Perkbox.
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