Workers seeking out benefits that deliver real-world connections with colleagues

Employees are increasingly keen for companies to offer them more team-based perks such as company sports teams, according to new research.
A study of 2,315 UK workers published in the 2018 Great Perk Search Report by Perkbox shows that employees today are eager for bosses to offer them incentives that they can enjoy with their colleagues, such as sports-based activities.

These workplace benefits are higher prized than more traditional ones which are enjoyed in isolation – sabbatical opportunities (64/100), duvet days (75/100) and free days off for your birthday (85/100) – scoring 75/100 on average.

Of those who are interested in sports-based workplace activities, more than 1 in 7 (15%) said they would enjoy a company fitness challenge undertaken with colleagues, such as a marathon or cycling peloton.

Interestingly, the data revealed how offering these sports benefits can have a clear impact on businesses’ productivity and recruitment costs – 27% said they would feel more loyal to the company, 20% would feel more productive and even 18% said they would be less likely to leave.

And it has a positive impact on the workforce too – more than 1 in 4 (29%) admitted they felt workplace sports teams were fun, as well as quite simply being enjoyable (27%).

Despite the popularity of these kind of benefits and the positive impact they can have on boosting employee engagement and wellbeing, only a small number (5%) revealed their workplace offers a benefit of this nature.