Why Does Startup Offices Look Like Adult Playgrounds?

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Why Does Startup Offices Look Like Adult Playgrounds?

More and more startups have been improving their perks. We have seen a lot of startup offices look like adult playgrounds with video games, bean bags, weird trucks, anything colorful you can imagine. Some startups allow their employees to have unlimited vacation as long as they get things done. So, why does startup offices look like an adult playground?

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Productivity

This might sound awkward, but statistics have shown that people actually work harder and better at these type of startup offices. There’s a couple reason for why productivity gets more work done. A lot of employees are very self discipline. They work hard and will get things done, so having their own schedule allows them to feel less of being at work. Instead, they feel that their work is more of a hobby as opposed to stressful work.

Second is that nobody wants to leave cool startup offices like that. Employees want to stay because they have more fun at work then at home! Think of this from a CEO or startup up founder’s perspective. If your employees keeps on leaving your company or hates your business, then you will have a huge headache trying to find somebody that you just finished training. Not only is that a waste of time and energy, but also a waste of resources. The goal is to be able to retain your employee as long as possible in the startup world.

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Third, although startups seem like a fun career to have, it can be extremely stressful. Startups have to work a lot harder to close deals, impress investors, reach milestones, and many more. Most startup CEOs work way more hours than they should. A lot of times, you are spending more time in the office than you are at home, therefore startup offices should feel comfortable like home.

Overall, this raises productivity for the employees and helps you build a strong brand in the long run. Daniel Keighron-Foster explains why refitting the offices of his IT firm Melbourne, complete with games and beanbags, increased productivity and loyalty to the company.

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“The idea is to make it impossible for someone to want to leave,” he says. “If you look at the costs of bringing on a new person, recruitment, months before they’re fully productive … I would say the additional cost of the office is easily outweighed.”

Daniel added: “We have a competitor – a much bigger company – who are the antithesis of us, very suit and tie. If we advertise a position we tend to get four or five of their staff applying for it. That says it all to me.”

Why do so many employees still leave?

The average time a typical employee stays at a startup is about 3 years. Usually, they either go out and create their own ventures or move onto another startup. Very rarely do you see people go from startup jobs to hardcore suit and tie 9-5 type of jobs. The reason employees leave is usually because the other startup is giving them a better offer. This is what happen to a lot of Google staffs during Facebook’s rise. Another reason why employees still tend to leave is because they want to expand onto their own ventures. Most of them are extremely talented and want to create something that can change the world as well.

Daniel Keighron-Foster explains why refitting the offices of his IT firm Melbourne, complete with games and beanbags, increased productivity and loyalty to the company. ”The idea is to make it impossible for someone to want to leave,” he says. “If you look at the costs of bringing on a new person, recruitment, months before they’re fully productive … I would say the additional cost of the office is easily outweighed.” Daniel added: “We have a competitor – a much bigger company – who are the antithesis of us, very suit and tie. If we advertise a position we tend to get four or five of their staff applying for it. That says it all to me.”

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