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Your Employees Want Purpose — Not Ping Pong Tables. Here’s How to Thrive Through the Great Resignation

What gets you up in the morning? I'm betting it's not the perks

By | Hafiz Sikder |

In 2008, two guys who rented a space in a Brooklyn warehouse would later go on to form WeWork, which after a $150 million investment in 2021, is now at the forefront of shared office models globally. Their open workspaces, including top-of-the-line productivity design features, cafes and hammock chairs, have inspired tech startups, law firms and investment banks alike.

From gyms to ping pong tables, companies are offering major perks to lure workers back to the office and slow down the effects of the Great Resignation‘s new  headquarters is designed like a treehouse, with outdoor terraces and a wellness center featuring swing seats.  throws lawn parties with free food, a life-sized chessboard and a beer garden. Pandora’s break area and parts of Twitter’s California headquarters feel more like a nightclub than an actual workplace.

Are we even working anymore?

Better office plans and more perks are great, but they won’t solve the Great Resignation. Teammates don’t get up in the morning just to play ping pong at work. They want purpose and to be part of a mission that matters to them.

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