Investing in a great office space is one of the ways that companies show their employees they care, but in order to attract and retain great talent, employers also need to offer employees perks that they actually want. So, what do workers want these days?
While bonuses are always appreciated, and napping rooms may seem like a hot new trend, it turns out the most sought-after workplace amenities are the ones that save employees time, increase their productivity and reduce stress.
Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services
Imagine bringing your dirty laundry to work? Employees at Twitter, Facebook and Google do it regularly. These companies all provide on-site laundry or dry cleaning services for their employees, and it’s a big hit. Employees appreciate the convenience of being able to drop off a bag of clothes in the morning and return home the next day with a fresh load of wash and fold.
With a busy professional and personal life, employees often feel as though they don’t have time to take care of even their most basic needs. Being able to get a manicure and pedicure on lunch, or scheduling a haircut between client calls mid-afternoon, is not just convenient, it’s relaxing. After a trip to the on-site salon, employees at Google and FactSet Research Systems return to work looking and feeling their best – and that’s good for their employers, colleagues and clients.
Having health care services available in the workplace is an appealing perk because it allows employees to get the help they need without taking a personal day. In addition to flu immunization clinics and breast cancer screenings, some businesses take it one step further. Companies like Goldman Sachs and SAS offer their employees full-service Health Care Centers staffed with doctors, nurses, specialists, physical therapists and psychologists.
Beyond on-site gyms, employees are looking for a full-spectrum of wellness and fitness programs. Access to personal trainers, nutritionists and health coaches are desirable amenities in a workplace, as are group fitness classes. GE Power & Water offers its employees a variety of classes from yoga to CrossFit, as well as weight equipment and cardio machines, making it easy for employees to squeeze in a workout at their convenience throughout the day.
Child Care & Pet Care
One of the biggest challenges facing working parents is the issue of child care. By offering on-site babysitting and daycare services, companies like Genentech make it that much easier for new moms to return to work. Even better if the child care is subsidized or offered at a discounted rate. For pet-parent employees, doggie daycare is an equally important concern, which is why many companies are moving toward pet-friendly offices.
How to Make Your Office More Appealing to Employees
What if you could offer your employees all of these amenities without spending a dime? If your office is located at The Lakeside Park, it’s possible! In addition to offering build-to-suit office space near Boston, many of the office park’s tenants already provide these amenities, including a fitness studio with group exercise classes and personal training, a day spa, child care facility, full-service bank, acupuncturist, physical therapist, psychologist and many other services. With an office at The Lakeside Park, your employees have access to all this and more.
Located in a beautiful park-like setting on Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield MA, The Lakeside Park is easily accessible by car, train or bus, offering employees an easy commute from Boston and its neighboring suburbs.