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8 Cool Things Employees Want in Their Office

8 Cool Things Employees Want in Their Office

Keeping your employees content is a key part to running any business.

To use the age old quote:

“A happy worker is a productive worker.”

Since the start of the new century the wave of tech companies have pioneered the way we think of employee happiness with innovations, from unlimited holidays or flexible working hours to cool play things in the office.

Big tech companies like Google have led the way with this kind of employee-first approach and many smaller companies are now following the trend.

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A team at ACI (Advanced Commercial Interiors Limited) recently carried out a survey to find out the cool things that employees would most like to have in their office to improve their downtime and make the time at work a little more enjoyable. This is what they came up with:

  1. A pool table

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    Pool is a fun game that anyone can learn, leading to it being the number one most requested cool thing for the office. The friendly competition is good for staff members to get to know each other better and a place for people to get together during breaks and after work.

    1. Coffee machine

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      Coffee is what keeps some people going, and there is nothing worse than having to drink freeze-dried instant coffee all day! Letting staff make their own barista-style brews could really improve morale and increase focus during the workday.

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      1. Beer

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        It’s no surprise that having a beer fridge to sip a few cold ones on a Friday (or any day) after work featured high on the list of office wish lists. And with good reason too, what better way to relax and get to know your colleagues than over on cold beer or glass of wine!

        1. A gym

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          There’s a reason why we say “Healthy body, healthy mind,” – having a gym at work definitely makes a big difference. It can be hard to find time to keep fit when you have a busy working life so to combining the two can really save time and could result in a really happy workforce. In addition, studies suggest that exercise stimulates the brain, resulting in a more productive staff.

          1. Games console

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            A gaming console in the office may seem like a really bad idea from a boss’s perspective, but it takes very little cost to set up for an office asset that can make lunchtime more fun and could provide endless opportunities for team bonding.

            1. Ping pong table

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              A ping pong table is more energetic alternative than a pool table and still provide a space for team building. It’s probably best to put it in a separate room though as the sound of those bouncing balls may get annoying after a while!

              1. Ice cream machine

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                This was probably one of the coolest suggestions (excuse the pun). Eating some cold ice cream in the office on a hot summer day may make being inside at work instead of being outside enjoying the sunshine a little bit more bearable.

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                1. Climbing wall

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                  Certainly the most surprising thing on the list: a climbing wall. What better way to take a break from sitting all day or working on a really challenging project than to get some exercise and conquer a different sort of challenge! You’ll certainly need tall ceilings to add this cool thing to the office though.

                  Here are some more things that were voted for but didn’t quite make the top 8:

                  • Popcorn Machine
                  • Pinball Machine
                  • Table Football
                  • Cinema
                  • Dancefloor

                  So there you go, the people have spoken, now the only thing left to do is try and persuade the boss that these things are for the good of the company and not just some really cool ways to avoid work!

                   

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                  Last Updated on September 23, 2020

                  Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

                  Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

                  Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

                  In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

                  Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

                  Most People Already Know Their Passion

                  So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

                  Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

                  For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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                  No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

                  Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

                  Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

                  Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

                  Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

                  Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

                  Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

                  What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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                  If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

                  How to Do What You Love

                  There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

                  1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

                  Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

                  We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

                  If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

                  Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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                  Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

                  If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

                  2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

                  As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

                  Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

                  Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

                  Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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                  If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

                  3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

                  If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

                  Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

                  For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

                  Final Thoughts

                  If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

                  Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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