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Employers ‘should offer summer perks to staff’

Published: August 30, 2016

Employers have been encouraged to offer seasonal perks to members of staff throughout the summer.

According to office design specialistĀ Peldon Rose, 86 per cent of workers don’t get perks such as free ice cream and the chance to wear casual clothes during the summer months.

The study also showed that many employees would value having a quiet zone in their office for concentration.

Just 31 per cent of respondents said they had this already, while 69 per cent said it would make them more productive and help them feel more appreciated at work.

Worryingly, only 43 per cent of those polled said they felt they are appreciated by their company.

A good salary was identified as a key way to make staff feel valued, while being given the right tools and technology, as well as training and development opportunities, was also flagged up as important.

Similarly, only one-third of people said they felt trusted by their company. More than half said they would like to be more trusted to manage how and when they work, while almost nine in ten said being trusted more would enhance their productivity.

Jitesh Patel, chief executive at Peldon Rose, commented: “Businesses could do more to improve in such areas as providing seasonal benefits, while also there is a need to address office workers’ concerns that they are not sufficiently trusted and appreciated.

“By implementing some very straightforward changes, such as providing more quiet and collaborative zones, offering more facilities such as proper kitchens and shower rooms, training and development and the right tools and technology, companies can improve the sense of wellbeing and foster teamwork and bonding.”

Mr Patel added that these are very important elements of a happy, successful and productive office environment.

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