Return office workers to bosses: “Ditch the ping-pong tables and install office gyms and private workspaces”

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As companies try to entice employees back into the office by offering everything from free lunch to private concerts, a new survey finds employees want yoga studios, office gyms and designated quiet areas where they can work in peace rather than perks like ping-pong tables and game consoles.

Survey results show that employees are less interested in entertainment and games during the workday and more eager for perks that improve their job and personal satisfaction. Key highlights include:

  • Nearly half of all office workers identified fitness benefits, such as yoga studios and office gyms (46%), and access to a designated quiet space (44%) like the office perks they want most

  • Many employees expressed concern about returning to open-plan offices, with 41% saying their ability to concentrate in an open-plan office deteriorated significantly after the pandemic.

  • More than a third (35%) of office workers say team games like ping pong and game consoles are the least popular office perks

  • Nearly half of office workers dread the commute the most when returning to work (44%), followed by office dress codes and shared bathrooms

“The results should put a final nail in the coffin of ping-pong tables, beer kegs, scooters and other artifacts of ‘compulsory fun’ office culture,” said Samu Hällfors, CEO of Framery, who commissioned the survey.

On the contrary, said Hällfors, the survey results underscore that after two years of introducing the office into our homes, employees are eager to replicate the best benefits of working from home in the workplace.

“Working from home has allowed people to exercise more regularly and do more quality work without the constant interruptions of the open office,” Hällfors said. “These are tangible benefits that have made employees happier and more productive, and it’s clear they don’t want to give them up when they return to the office.”

He added: “Employers are facing complex challenges to attract their employees to the office, but have little research or strategy on what will work. We hope these survey results shed some light on what employees want most when they return.

Feelback Group conducted the survey on behalf of Framery, a maker of soundproof phone booths and pods used by nearly 40% of Forbes 100 companies, including Microsoft, Puma and Tesla.

Framery unveiled the survey results alongside the launch of a competition to help companies provide employees with more designated quiet spaces. Dubbed “Perks for Pods,” the campaign invites businesses and employees to trade in their most unused office perks for a free Framery One soundproofing pod. To win a capsule, entrants can submit a photo of any unloved perk — from the foosball table no one uses to the uncomfortable bean bag chairs. Once winners redeem their perk for a capsule, Framery will donate it to a school, children’s hospital, or community center in the winner’s city. The deadline for registration is August 31, 2022.

Methodology

The poll was conducted May 10-15, 2022, and surveyed a sample of 4,044 adults ages 18 and older from all states. Participants were interviewed online in English. The accuracy of online surveys is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, this survey has a credibility interval of +/- 1.8 percentage points for all respondents. The survey data was collected by Feelback Group using the world’s largest panel, Cint.

About Framery

Framery is a work industry pioneer that takes happiness seriously. The brand’s product offerings in soundproof pods, phone booths and private spaces are solving noise and privacy issues in open offices, making employees happier and more productive at dozens of the world’s leading companies, including Microsoft, Puma, Vodafone and Deloitte. In fact, 40% of all Forbes 100 companies use Framery.

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