Car-charging and dog hotels: Seven perks to lure you to the office

by Samuel Pordengerg Mar 19, 2023 News
Car-charging and dog hotels: Seven perks to lure you to the office
OfficeImage source, MoreySmith
Image caption, A great many of us have enjoyed not having to go into the office, even swanky ones like this, since the lockdowns

Office workers started to work from home during the Pandemic because of the lock downs. Many companies want them to return to the office. Incentives that can only be enjoyed in person are one way to entice them.

It's great to work from home when inflation is high. Saving on the cost of living is one of the perks.

Car charging spotsImage source, Other
Image caption, Car-charging spots are in high-demand at SAP's offices in Feltham

This perk could appeal to you if you own an electric car.

There are 10 parking spaces at the office of the software company.

The parking spots are very popular because there are 600 employees.

He says that the golden rule in the office is that as soon as your car is charged, you have to move it.

Most cars have 80kwh batteries, so the savings are significant, he says.

He points out that the benefit works best for people who can afford an electric car.

LunchImage source, Time Etc
Image caption, A typical offering of free food at the office of firm Time Etc includes veggie chicken, chicken, cheese, veggie sticks and dips, and wraps

Would the free lunch entice you to work?

This is an example of the things that employees at Time Etc can do. There is a selection of cakes and strawberries for dessert.

Curry, chili, pasta and soups can be found on other days.

It's possible to save money on meals when you work from home, but it's not easy to make them.

Free lunches were recently introduced by the company. Our in-house chef prepares these with a focus on healthy choices.

Since introducing the change, we've had good feedback. It makes going to the office more social and provides a contrast to working from home.

Dog HotelImage source, Heck
Image caption, Owners can walk their dogs during breaks

The company has 130 employees and built a dog hotel at its headquarters.

There is a house in the middle of the 16 sq metres that has a ramp for the smaller dogs.

The owners are able to keep an eye on them from a distance.

The team says Dexter the spaniel once dug a hole to elope with a friend.

We were looking for different ways to get people to come to our factory.

She wanted the workers to come in so they could work together.

The company created walking ambassadors to get their staff to come to work. The "hotel" was born when many dogs were in a lock down.

Team holidayImage source, Sabrina Chevannes
Image caption, Marketer Sabrina Chevannes uses team holidays as an incentive

Would you like to go on a vacation with your coworkers? Hmm? Is it possible that the annoying ones are included?

There are 14 employees and an office in London.

Only those who work mostly in the office are invited to the holiday.

Chevannes says it's difficult to find a date that everyone can attend.

Five employees went to Spain with all expenses paid.

Chevannes says they have gone to Bansko in Bulgaria for skiing and quad biking. The work week is replaced by a full Monday- Friday.

We check our emails while we're there, and maybe do an hour of work each day, but we then relax and bond.

Yoga sessionImage source, BRADLEY QUINN
Image caption, Many new office buildings have dedicated health and fitness facilities, like the Belfast office of PwC

Do you want to do yoga in your lunch break like you are in a hotel?

The wellbeing zone occupies almost 3000 sq feet of the nine-floor building in the newly renovated office of the accounting firm.

The staff use an app.

Catherine Dolliver says that the space is a motivator for people to come into the office, whether that is to meet friends for a class or to seek some solace from the commitments of life.

As part of an employee medical benefits package, there are private rooms that can be used for talking therapy.

The treatments are in high demand and are not free.

Beer tapImage source, MAREK SIKORA
Image caption, Some offices are letting the beer flow to entice in more employees

Several companies are installing beer taps in the office to make it easier for workers to get along.

Patrick Isitt, content marketing executive at Kitt Offices, which 'personalises' offices around the UK, said that more frivolous perks have faded in this new world of work.

He says that they most commonly hear of the taps being used during the end-of-week all-hands or company wrap-up meetings.

Many of these businesses like to balance the beer-tap culture with dedicated quiet areas.

Library roomImage source, MoreySmith
Image caption, This is the Library room at Sony's new HQ in King's Cross, London

The open plan offices can be loud. It's not good when you want to concentrate and work.

One of the benefits of working from home is that you don't have to make a lot of noise in public.

According to Morey Smith, businesses are now requesting quiet spaces for their new offices. Employees are often told to keep quiet in these areas.

Morey Smith finished Sony's headquarters in King's Cross, London. It has a performance space as well as a library for working in peace.

Did your employer offer you incentives to come back to work? Dougal Shaw can be reached.

  • Flexible working
  • Cost of living