It's the hottest trend in Silicon Valley and it's spread all over the country. Have you been in an office with pingpong tables, arcade games, pinball and other time-wasting activities? How can a company be profitable when its employees are all just playing around?
It seems counterintuitive, but companies with fun, creative offices often outperform companies with the traditional cubicle-packed offices. This has to do with the way employees think. Experts are saying that these happy work environments can foster positive attitudes and improve the overall quality of the work they do.
A psychology team led by Florian Kunze of the University of Konstanz in Germany is studying the "subjective" age of employees in over 100 German companies. Their study found, "... that companies in which employees, on average, perceive themselves to be younger than they actually are have a higher average individual goal accomplishment and, in turn, experience higher company performance."
This means that the younger an employee feels, the better job they will do. Offices with colorful walls, foosball tables, break rooms with video games and beanbag chairs are more likely to be successful. Maybe our mothers were right - the most important thing to do is have fun!
Kunze's team concluded their study by saying, "Our results imply that companies should perhaps worry less about the chronological aging of their employees, but rather undertake measures that stimulate their workforce to feel younger than their chronological age."
Do you think that companies should start putting pingpong tables and coffee bars in their offices or do you think a work environment should be all about the business? I want to know what you think about these new offices. Let me know by leaving a note in the comments section below.