Sales & Marketing

Worried your business is stale? Here are 50 things to make it cool

3 min read

09 April 2015

Former deputy editor

Staff retention is an ongoing issue for employers, with many employees desiring more money, skills and so on. But for a company to be truly “cool”, there are 50 things that can be considered.

It came to light in March that a third of employees believe “companies have a moral responsibility to help them lead a fit and healthy lifestyle” – easy for the likes of Google with its free food and Yahoo with gym support.

Elsewhere, JustPark founder Anthony Eskinazi, who Real Business spoke to following the company’s record £3.7m crowdfunding investment, talked of the firm’s chef, quarterly retreats and parties.

And while some workers would like a pay rise, others are interested in career progression – suffice to say, employers have their work cut out when trying to retain staff.

That could all change, however, as online gaming site MobileSlots.com has revealed the top 50 things workers would love to have in order to make their company considered “cool”.

Some of the desires include a personal butler, rooftop terrace and nap rooms, while working parents would be happy with an in-office nursery – it worked for Yahoo boss Marissa Meyer after all.

“For most of us, offices are a bit dull and boring so fantasising about an amazing workspace is great escape,” said a MobileSlots.com spokesperson. 

“We found that lots of the items on the list, whilst they seemed wacky, actually had sound reasoning behind them. At work, we are always looking for ways wanting to de-stress, be more energised and encourage creativity. Perhaps having puppy rooms, a library and massaging chairs would help along with this.”

So, if you want your business to be considered one of the cool kids, check out the list below.

1.     Slides

2.     Personal barista to make your coffee

3.     Puppy/kitten room

4.     A gym

5.     Nap rooms

6.     A punch bag

7.     Segway scooters

8.     Floor-to-ceiling windows

9.     Massaging office chairs

10.  A daily buffet

11.  A crèche

12.  A games room

13.  A library

14.  Bean bags

15.  A pool

16.  A spa

17.  A rooftop terrace

18.  Free laundry and dry cleaning service

19.  A barber shop

20.  A floor piano

21.  An aquarium

22.  Heated seats

23.  A hair salon

24.  Personal butler

25.  A bakery

26.  A shoe shiner

27.  Unlimited ink in the printer

28.  An ice cream van

29.  A jukebox

30.  A chocolate fountain

31.  A cinema

32.  A bar that pops up at 5pm

33.  A carousel

34.  A yoga studio

35.  A garden

36.  A popcorn machine

37.  Zip wires

38.  Unlimited sticky notes

39.  Posh hand cream in the toilets

40.  Waterbeds

41.  Hammocks

42.  Greenhouse

43.  A chandelier

44.  Marble floors

45.  A ball pit

46.  A slush machine for the summer

47.  Free toiletries in the staff toilets

48.  Showers

49.  A car wash

50.  Personalised car park spots

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