When thinking of model places for workplace perks, the successful startups of Silicon Valley undoubtedly come to mind. And while heavy-hitters such as Google and Facebook are famous for their jaw-dropping employee amenities, up-and-coming mid-level companies are also getting in on the act.
Mashable took a tour of Zynga, a wildly popular distributor of some of the most played social and mobile games. When it comes to perks, the father of FarmVille doesn't skimp. In fact, Zynga's office is so loaded with perks and amenities, it would make working from home a bore. Here are some of the highlights we encountered:
It's not uncommon for tech companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco to offer its employees catered lunches, but Zynga takes it further with meals cooked on-site by professional chefs. Each floor has a fully-stocked and themed kitchen, including a candy kitchen and a healthy "zen" kitchen.
Everything is prepared on-site–there's even a pizza oven–and made with locally sourced ingredients. The company's executive chef is Matthew DuTrumble, who was the youngest chef instructor at the California Culinary Academy. Want to eat some meat for lunch? The on-site butcher will take care of that in his two-floor kitchen.
If you're more interested in keeping a good diet, there are always healthy options, including a fully loaded salad bar and freshly brewed Kombucha. The healthy options are an important perk, considering desk jobs are notorious for helping people pack on pounds.
The basement boasts a lounge area packed with big screen TVs, a curved wood bar and free beer on tap. If you'd rather unwind with a workout than an ice-cold beer, you can hit up the Zynga gym. Employees can take CrossFit classes, meet with a nutritionist or schedule a free massage.
And if you want to work and play with your canine friend, he's more than welcome–every day is bring your dog to work day at Zynga. After all, the company is named after the CEO Mark Pincus' late dog, Zinga.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Zynga provides hotel-like amenities to keep employees happy and to retain (and attract) talent. Tech companies in particular are notorious for providing on-site perks to encourage employees stay at work longer and up their productivity. Facebook offers employees a free shuttle to work, plus numerous "micro-kitchens" stocked with snacks, and a free cafeteria where employees are welcome to invite family members for lunch. Google has a golf course, basketball courts and nap pods for a mid-day snooze.
Zynga churned out six games in the first quarter of 2012, so the team is definitely working hard. This makes sense: Several Gallup studies have shown a correlation between productivity and employee happiness, and Gallup estimates that organizations that don't keep their employees happy and engaged lose out on billions of dollars in potential revenue. Despite the long hours, Zynga employees' access to a spacious top-of-the-line gym, a team of chefs and free beer makes for quite the hook-up.
Do you see a correlation between employee satisfaction and productivity in your business?
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