It certainly appears to me that people expect more now from their work place. With the greater influx of the Y generation into the influencer management level, has this generation managed to bring ‘play then work’ into the culture of business?
People are no longer willing to have their monetary remuneration the only reward that their work life offers them. The culture of an organisation is increasingly part of an employee’s decision making process when applying for and considering new employment. Note the change in titles from “HR” manager to “People and Culture”.
From an employer’s point of view this is a real opportunity because money does not have to be the biggest sale pitch for recruiting new employees. Now, employers have an opportunity to provide an enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing workplace and have this recognised as value by its employees.
That means that a good chair, a comfortable desk space and a clean office area are now low cost but high value options for an employer to entice high level workers to their organisation.
When did this change happen? Has the parallel development of social media influenced this change? Is the awareness of opportunity and “how the other half lives” that social media brings, influencing how we relate at work and increased our expectations of our work place.
I find it hard to believe this is a coincidence. I for one embrace the change. There is definitely more to this than a good chair, but perhaps that is a good place to start the transition and add more value to the workplace!