SALARIES / SEP. 17, 2014
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Companies Offering over-the-top Perks – Boon or Bane?

Have you ever worked all day in the office and thought of hanging around a bit longer for the next day’s work? The most probable answer is ‘no’. But the scenario could be different if you were working for Google, the tech giant.

Is Google saving your rents?

There is an unconfirmed report that Google is running a competition to see how long their employees can stay back in one of Google’s HQs; taking food in the canteen, showering in their gym and also sleeping in the office. As of now, the record is held by a worker at Google’s Crittenden site, sources suggest. The worker has supposedly spent around two years in the office premises.

To help their employees, Google has set up a luxurious retro-futuristic sleep pods. These are designed technically to suit mid-shift, short naps. But they can be converted into improvised beds with the press of a button.

Some of Google’s perks are so inviting that few employees have confirmed that they stayed for weeks in the office campus to avoid house rents. Brandon Oxedine, former Google designer, admitted that he stayed in the office campus for 3 months in 2013. As per his note in Quora, the designer enjoyed his food and shower in his workplace. He stayed in the Volvo station wagon, setup an IKEA twin mattress and put up black curtains to sleep there every night.

Another Googler manages to stay in the workplace for two to three years; he saved enough money to buy his own house.

Ben Discoe, a programmer in Google, had a similar tale.

The changing work environment

This is an approach that may become popular in the home counties of UK. With salaries becoming stagnant and inflating property prices, the move will most likely be welcomed. Many other advertising and tech companies have designed kidult working environment with mini-fridges and table football to give it a feeling of a youth club, rather than a strict workplace.

Yelp, the business review site, offers a range of workplace blandishments in order to keep its employees on site. Some of its offers include table-tennis, pool tables, video game rooms and the most enticing of them all – KegMate. This (KegMate) is the most popular in-house invention; the modern beer pump provides free on-tap beers for employees and guests.

At Deloitte, employees can monitor their offspring’s nursery activities through a webcam.

Few workplaces have also offered their employees a treadmill desk. Treadmills are believed to keep staff members fit and healthy. It helps them live longer and enjoy productive lives.

So what’s the catch?

As agreed by some of these Google employees themselves, it is technically wrong to stay in the office, unless officially allowed. Looking at it in a positive angle, many companies today are offering home-like facilities to help their employees relax, after long hours of work. This is good news especially for those who are stressed out in their workplaces.

Many companies have started realizing the importance of easing the stress levels of their employees. This is a good sign for the future. Its time other companies to start investing for their employee well-being. After all, it’s they who make or break an organization’s business.

 

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