Not long-ago employees had clear priorities when seeking a top organization to work for—good salary, steady growth, a posh corner office (or at least the opportunity to get one with tenure and title). That mindset has shifted. In today’s job market, employees are looking for companies that recognize and support their needs and lifestyle. This means more than just ping-pong tables and occasional office happy hours—innovative companies are recognizing that their top talent brings their whole self to work and are in turn investing in a new wave of amenities and experiences to enable both work and life needs.

According to a recent LinkedIn research study, 70 percent of professionals surveyed said they would not work at a leading company if it meant they had to tolerate bad workplace culture. That was greater than the 65 percent who said they wouldn’t tolerate lower pay, and the 26 percent who wouldn’t forego a fancy title. Organizations that recognize the important role their culture plays in attracting and retaining their best people are focusing on integrated approaches that leverage the workplace as a platform that reflects, promotes, and fosters their culture.

While most offices have coffee stations to help employees stay energized and productive throughout the day, some companies are looking beyond a quick caffeine jolt. The rise in nap pods, where workers can clock-in a quick power nap—only 10 to 20 minutes—and get back to work feeling re-energized, is signaling a shift in how companies are prioritizing rest and disconnection. EnergyPods, by sleep solution company MetroNaps, have been installed in offices for NASA, Samsung, Proctor & Gamble and others, and offer employees a quick midday break and have proven health benefits. While napping at work is not for everyone, the mere signal that it is okay to take a break and disconnect fosters a value proposition that resonates across all aspects of how an organization supports and enables its people.

Wellness continues to be a key consideration for companies and landlords when building or redeveloping office spaces. CBRE’s Workplace practice conducted a survey on the impact of taking breaks from work and found that 94 percent of people felt more productive after taking periodic breaks throughout the day. However, they also found that 21 percent of people perceived judgement for taking breaks and 48 percent felt they were expected to work during their personal time. It’s clear that company culture, providing trust and empowering individuals to make choices about their time, is more important than ever in alleviating the pressure and providing rest from work. Offices should consider amenities that not only show that a company shares values, but also provide unique opportunities to support personal wellbeing, like on-site healthcare clinics, in-office fitness studios and sponsored classes, and concierge services to help manage day-to-day tasks while you’re at work.

To help better increase individual well-being, personal productivity and organizational effectiveness in the office, CBRE recently launched Host, an experience offering that connects employees to their environments – via workplace hosts, technology, amenities and meaningful communities. Host seamlessly connects employees to one another, as well as to the info, amenities and services that fuel wellness, focus and creativity.

What does this mean for occupiers and landlords? Factoring in space and operating budget for wellness and lifestyle incentives will go a long way toward fostering a strong workplace culture where employees feel valued and empowered. Whether that means setting aside a conference room for nap pods, looking for offices with roof space for post-work yoga or installing pet-friendly fabrics so employees can bring their four-legged friends to work, workplace amenities are an important part of any well-rounded office space.


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