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It’s widely known the pandemic has made many people re-evaluate their working lives. Employers are well aware, and many are scrambling for new ways to retain employees. One technique for those companies who want to lure their people back is to promise them a more enticing workplace

But people working at home have managed just fine – and remained productive – without free coffee and massages. Many are also less stressed. But the downside of homeworking, for some, has been the isolation, or juggling work around family duties or housemates. So, a tempting office will be one that is an extension of your home, but without the chaos, offering an environment, social atmosphere or technological provision that can’t be found elsewhere.


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Employee-specific flexibility

Flexibility has become one of the corporate buzzwords of the pandemic.

Flexibility is very important to people and, in terms of a benefit and a perk, after compensation, it’s the second-most important thing.

Employee-specific flexibility as central to the future of workplace perks, particularly as flexibility has proved so beneficial to previously disadvantaged groups in the workplace, like working mothers and caregivers.


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Values and purpose

Experts also point to other important factors employees are now weighing in their post-pandemic choice of workplace. These are factors that employees connect with on a deeper, values-driven level, instead of obvious perks. 

Rather than focusing on decked-out offices or corporate retreats, they say, people want to feel that they’re working at a place they care about.


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