Are Workers’ Perks Good for Productivity, or a Flashy Waste of Money? Two Experts Weigh in | Inc.com


Axe-throwing classes. Onsite barbershops. Free gym memberships and catered lunches. Do they bond workers to a company and boost productivity, or do they blow resources in a very colorful way? To find out, Inc. called on two noted thinkers on the topic, who espouse thought-provoking–and vastly different–answers to the question.

What explains the rise of perk culture?

Jody Thompson: We like to see people in the workplace, so we provide amenities and spend money on making the office nicer. But work isn’t somewhere you go. It’s something you do.

Phil Libin: There’s a tendency for tech companies and startups to look at all aspects of work-life balance, and create programs that increase productivity and retention.

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