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Forget foosball: People want a better place to work, not play

A new survey shows what top talent really wants from where they work and how to deliver.

From in-office gyms with Peloton bikes to fruit water and cold brew taps, trendy workplace perks have been touted as key ways to attract and retain talent, promote productivity and motivate employees.

Office designers, in turn, have increasingly focused on providing common areas for socializing, open office plans for collaboration and engaging amenities and services in today's workspaces.

But in a new study of 1,000+ U.S. office workers, we discovered these workplace perks are falling flat with employees. Overwhelmingly, people say employers are failing to provide the basic functional features they need to do their jobs effectively and instead prioritizing fun amenities and services that end up being distracting and counterproductive.

We have identified the key things employees truly want from their workplace — and five ways employers can leverage workplace design and perks to help attract and retain talent, improve productivity and turn the office into a better place to work.

83% of employees say they enjoy going to the office to accomplish work-related goals.

Professionals Prioritize Productivity

And Employers that Invest in the Workplace

In today’s job market, people have options when it comes to choosing where they work — and they’re more likely to choose companies that focus on building productive workspaces.

Top talent favors productivity over socialization at the office.

Fulfillment is Tied to Performance

And Productivity-Boosting Workplace Perks

People appreciate employers that offer fun workplace perks but place a far higher value on the functional must-haves they need to be productive and find professional fulfillment.

Three Key Takeaways

Top Talent Values Productivity Over Play at the Office

Professionals are hungry for workplaces that get the basics right and cite essential services — like a comfortable workstation and booking a meeting room — as critical to their wellbeing and productivity.

Employees are Lacking Key Amenities & Services

Office workers deeply value amenities and services that make the workplace more productive. Despite this, 1 in 5 office workers have no access to key workplace amenities — and 1 in 4 have no access to key workplace services.

Companies that Invest in Building Productive Workspaces Will Win

Companies have an opportunity to stand out and attract and retain talent by thinking through the workplace experience holistically and focusing on key ways to help people work more effectively.