Way Beyond Coffee Bars – The Most Outrageous Office Amenities – Effective Realty Advisors

Way Beyond Coffee Bars – The Most Outrageous Office Amenities

By Michael Staskiewicz | ENGAGE

As a business owner, you know that your employees value work-life balance, paid time off, competitive pay, and solid benefits.

These considerations go a long way in recruiting the best talent to your company. But don’t count out the value of creating a fun and exciting place to come to work to every day. 

Many of the world’s leading companies offer little (or sometimes not so little) perks that turn coming to work into a joy.

The standard-bearer for outrageous office design has to be Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, the Googleplex. It’s so impressive, in fact, that it’s become a tourist attraction for those visiting Silicon Valley.

Listing all the amenities would take hours, but here are some of the coolest: organic gardens supplying food to on-site gourmet restaurants, a disc golf course powered by solar panels, state-of-the-art nap pods, scooters for cruising from office to office, and outdoor art covering the campus.

Not every company has the unlimited resources of Google, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t found creative ways to brighten up their office space. Quicken Loans, in downtown Detroit, features pool tables made out of old Ford Mustangs as a tribute to the Motor City’s most famous industry.

At Boston Consulting Group in New York, employees share a bit of their personal lives on a giant photo wall. If you need to blow off some steam at Adobe Systems office in Lehi, Utah, you can do it by scaling an indoor rock wall.

Perhaps the most extravagant perk of all, though, belongs to the Acuity headquarters in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in the form of a 65-foot indoor Ferris wheel!

While these are the most extreme examples imaginable, they illustrate just how far you can take it when it comes to attracting the best people. Notice another trait all these companies have in common? They’re all industry leaders!



About the Author

Michael Staskiewicz, CCIM, Managing Principal of Effective Realty Advisors and a team of strategic partners, help financial decision makers of mid-size companies perfectly align their real estate with their business needs, so that they increase profits and improve operational and financial performance.