Who said a 9-to-5 job has to be drudgery? It doesn't matter whether you're producing movies or computer chips, the work day can be as fun and exciting as your company wants to make it.
If you visit Hyland Software in Cleveland, Ohio, on any given afternoon, you might find employees racing paper airplanes in the atrium or relaxing in recliners and listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean in the company's "rejuvenation station." Other companies have set aside a break area for their employees to "hang out," or bring in an ice cream truck once a month.
You don't have to come up with these kinds of creative ideas yourself. There are companies that specialize in coming up with and implementing employee perks that will do all the work for you.
Giving employees as little as 15 minutes a day to cut loose can make them much more appreciative -- and productive -- when they do need to put their noses to the grindstone.
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