Workers Offered More Amenities
As personal workstations shrink, employers are offering an ever wider range of common areas around the office, including everything from coffee lounges, travel centers and Internet cafes, facility managers say.
According to International Facility Management Association, a Houston-based trade group, 78 percent of more than 1,000 facility managers surveyed said their companies offer a common break room. Nearly half said they also provide an in-house fitness center.
Overall, corporate headquarters and educational institutions offered the greatest number of amenities, the survey found.
"As companies reduce personal workspace, employees place greater importance on in-house amenities that simplify and enrich their work day," Angie Earlywine, workplace strategist for HOK Advance Strategies, said in a statement.
Earlywine said employers these days needed to offer more than a simple break room in order to compete for skilled employees.
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