Wednesday May 11 2016

Having fun at work? Spare a thought for those in the North West!

A new study has revealed businesses in the North West are among the worst in UK for dishing out rewards and out of salary perks.

Having fun at work? Spare a thought for those in the North West!

A new study has revealed businesses in the North West are among the worst in UK for dishing out rewards and out of salary perks.

The latest findings from BrightHR’s “It Pays to Play” report show that 64 per cent of North West companies don’t provide workers with any perks outside of their salary.

Increasingly employers are offering perks as part of the job package, including extras such as a playful, fun workspace, fresh fruit in the office and games consoles, as well as flexible working and gym memberships. Traditionally, employees may have received rewards such as financial bonuses.

However, out of a survey of 2000 people, nearly three quarters of North West workers said they would work harder if they were rewarded more, in addition to their salary. 

Keen to have fun in the workplace, the research also showed North West employees claimed they would be open to more playful perks in the workplace. 

In fact, more than half of North West employees appreciate the benefits of work rewards and only 25 per cent said work perks are no more important than they were five years ago.

While fun at work appears to be frowned upon in the North West, 75 per cent of employees believe play or cultural perks at work are not ‘unprofessional’. 

The survey revealed 52 per cent found play in the work place also alleviated stress, with just 20 per cent finding it distracting.

This new way of thinking towards work and professionalism is also clear when it comes to choosing your career path and company. In the North West alone, around 25 per cent said it was very important that companies offer work perks — only three per cent of people said it wasn’t important at all.

BrightHR’s CEO and Co-founder Paul Tooth believes that companies need to be educated about the benefits of a perks culture in the workplace.

He said: “What is interesting about the results in the North West is the outcry from employees for more fun in the workplace. 

“Having a work environment with a culture of fun and play through perks will not only boost employee wellbeing but it is also proven to help companies retain staff and improve productivity.

“Companies across the North West need to be listening to what makes their teams click, what makes them feel trusted and valued in the work environment and with this they need to evolve the workplace.

“In terms of rewards, a large proportion of the UK wide findings show that people across the UK are motivated by money and financial rewards. It is interesting how in the North West there is more of a want for the simple, everyday perks such as a fun working environment.”

Across the UK, workplace culture varied with the dominance of fun at work resting in the south and London.


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