How can workplaces achieve the right balance between work and play?

September 29, 2017 Sanjana Saluja

From slides to ping pong tables, companies have been trying to inject more of the fun factor into offices. Real Views explores how they can get the balance right between work and play. 

Think slides instead of stairs, swings to help creative ideas flow, games rooms packed with lunchtime entertainment options and even champagne buttons on desks for workers in a new London office.

Indeed, what initially started out as a tech sector trend to create spaces which better reflected their brand and encouraged employees to think outside of the box, has gone mainstream. Yet while these modern office perks may provide a unique talking point in the office – and even a unique selling point for potential employees, some companies are struggling to strike the right balance between work and play.

“Many of them are questioning the value of these spaces and they are finding what worked for the likes of Google, may not work for them,” says Ram Srinivasan, Vice President and Head Consulting, JLL Canada. “And what’s the reason for this? Culture. All offices need informal spaces for employees to take a break yet not every office needs a pool table.”

To find out why creating the right work / play culture in the office involves more than adding a ping pong table, click here.

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