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“It’s A Trick To Keep You At Work 24/7”: Worker Tries To Flex With ‘Cool Perks’ Her Tech Company Provides, Doesn’t Get Jealous Response She Expected
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“It’s A Trick To Keep You At Work 24/7”: Worker Tries To Flex With ‘Cool Perks’ Her Tech Company Provides, Doesn’t Get Jealous Response She Expected

Let’s face it, the last couple of years have truly changed how we feel about working from the office. And employers see that. Companies know most workers are far from happy about being forced to return, so they offer special add-ons to anyone willing to switch out Zoom with a conference room. Unlimited snacks, free drinks, discounts, you name it — these are some of the work perks that should help employees sweeten the sour taste of commuting to and from work. But as it turns out, it’s a topic that sparks a broader conversation.

One New Yorker working at a tech company recently shared a video that instantly went viral on TikTok. With over 7.4 million views, Vivvie shows a tour of her workplace and several “cool perks” that make her office life a bit better, including free breakfast, a candy bar, and breathtaking views. After watching the clip, however, most viewers were divided.

Some people applauded the idea of a well-stocked workplace and said it’s a great way to improve motivation and take care of the staff. Others were more critical of this idea and mentioned a darker purpose these amenities serve. So scroll down to see what the video is about, as well as some of the reactions TikTokers posted in the comments. Then decide for yourself whether these benefits actually make workers’ days better, and be sure to share your opinions with us down below!

Recently, a woman working at a tech company in New York went viral over the “cool perks” her company offers at the office

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You can watch the full video, which amassed over 7.4 million views, right over here

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How many of you wouldn’t like to work in such a benefit-bursting office? Don’t be shy, raise your hands! Well, I can’t see you, but I sense a slight silence on the other side of my laptop screen, so it’s no surprise Vivvie’s viral video has inspired many viewers to cheer her employer’s ideas. After all, free meals, open bars, and arcade games in every corner of the workplace sound fantastic. They’re especially favored at hipsterish tech companies that are known to bend over backward to make their employees feel special. In fact, a 2019 Hired report stated that 26% of tech workers report benefits as one of the most important factors when considering a new company.

Moreover, a 2015 survey by grocery-delivery service Peapod revealed that when it comes to employee perks, few things are as satisfying as enjoying free food and drinks. According to the findings, companies that stock up their office kitchens with free food have happier workers compared to those that don’t. After questioning over 1,000 full-time office-bound souls, it turns out that the majority (56%) of respondents are “extremely” or “very” happy with their current job. However, the number rises to 67% in organizations where people have access to free food.

“What we have going in our favor is Millennials, because they are so interested, I think, in food in general and also in good food, healthy food,” Peg Merzbacher, Peapod’s vice president of regional marketing, said.

To find out how amenities offered by the organizations affect our attitudes, we reached out to Sunny Patel, a UK-based career-change coach helping professionals find careers that excite them. “These things absolutely can help improve office life, they are small touches that can make you feel more at home in the office,” he told Bored Panda.

“As long as they are part of a more holistic approach to making employees feel valued, then all is good. I have been the person, and have also coached people who wake up one day and realize that these things have distracted them from bigger issues, such as several years without a pay review or no clear progression plan to work towards. This is when it becomes an issue as the perks can feel like mere breadcrumbs,” Patel added.

Later on, she posted more clips showing off other perks offered to her and her co-workers

Image credits: vivviey

Image credits: vivviey

Image credits: vivviey

Image credits: vivviey

It looks like snazzy office benefits aren’t always as innocent as they first seem. There’s a darker side to these eye-catching perks that includes making employees satisfied while keeping them occupied with work or increasing the amount of time they spend at the office.

“In many cases, companies are simply ‘breadcrumbing’ their employees, breaking off little perks and rewards to either keep people happy enough to stay at the company or in place of things such as a competitive salary, support, mentoring, etc.,” career coach Patel said. He often works with people to help them remove these seemingly attractive scraps that cloud their judgment when they analyze whether they are truly happy in their current role.

Patel pointed out that as a manager and senior manager, he always put the company perks aside. “My approach was to focus on developing, supporting, and mentoring my staff so that anything the company can offer becomes a bonus.”

“Organizations, now more than ever, need to understand there has been a great awakening through the pandemic and that staff are looking deeper at what matters to them and what motivates them. If your staff aren’t given the opportunity to achieve mastery, have sufficient autonomy, and get regular feedback and support, then there’s only so much longer they’ll stick around for the free food and snacks,” he concluded.

Some TikTokers applauded the benefit-stocked workplace, others saw a darker side these perks serve, here’s what they had to say

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Yaz Cam
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2 months ago

I’m sorry but I have to disagree with the “they just want you to work longer” view. I work for a tech company that mirrors the perks she has and that was my first thought but that isn’t the case at all. I have all the perks, I am compensated fairly, and my benefits are extraordinary. I do not have to stay later than my scheduled time, I am not asked to put in extra hours, I do not work through lunch or skip breaks, I have a private life. The only thing all of these perks have done for me is allow me to enjoy doing my job. It feels great not having to wake up and feel miserable or unhappy about going to work. I know it’s a foreign concept for a company to give their employees things they may enjoy without holding them hostage to these “perks” but this is how majority of the big tech companies operate.

The IRS
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2 months ago (edited)

Very true. Some companies have just finally realised that happier staff makes better products. My company doesn't do an open bar, but all the rest is similar. The best thing is the whole company shuts down for 10 days at Christmas, and 5 days in the summer. Plus lots of random shut down days around public holidays to extend the break. The thinking is rather than have an unproductive day or two when some people are out, have everyone be out all at once. You have normal vacations on top of this too. It works.

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Lissa Wattenbarger
Community Member
2 months ago

My work has these perks. I do not work any more hours thank I would if we didn't have this. My boss prides himself in, "taking care of my people". We are all very grateful.

Shane S
Community Member
2 months ago

As an unmarried, childless millennial, I couldn’t help but think it wouldn’t matter to me much if I did these same activities at home or in the office. Grabbing breakfast at home to me is the same as grabbing it at work, so might as well. I don’t see it as a time sacrifice or disruption in work/life balance. But I also know this would be different for someone with kids or a family. But for me, yes I probably would spend more time at work but it’s not because of a ‘capitalist ploy’; it’s just why not? I don’t have anything else better to do at that precise moment. And eating at work saves me money and the time spent preparing food or waiting on takeout.

Ashley Galyen
Community Member
2 months ago

Depends on the company. At sometime they will get used to your early time even if you aren't working and start making extra requests. It is why we always left for lunch. We'd be bothered on our lunch breaks otherwise.

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Yaz Cam
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m sorry but I have to disagree with the “they just want you to work longer” view. I work for a tech company that mirrors the perks she has and that was my first thought but that isn’t the case at all. I have all the perks, I am compensated fairly, and my benefits are extraordinary. I do not have to stay later than my scheduled time, I am not asked to put in extra hours, I do not work through lunch or skip breaks, I have a private life. The only thing all of these perks have done for me is allow me to enjoy doing my job. It feels great not having to wake up and feel miserable or unhappy about going to work. I know it’s a foreign concept for a company to give their employees things they may enjoy without holding them hostage to these “perks” but this is how majority of the big tech companies operate.

The IRS
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Very true. Some companies have just finally realised that happier staff makes better products. My company doesn't do an open bar, but all the rest is similar. The best thing is the whole company shuts down for 10 days at Christmas, and 5 days in the summer. Plus lots of random shut down days around public holidays to extend the break. The thinking is rather than have an unproductive day or two when some people are out, have everyone be out all at once. You have normal vacations on top of this too. It works.

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Lissa Wattenbarger
Community Member
2 months ago

My work has these perks. I do not work any more hours thank I would if we didn't have this. My boss prides himself in, "taking care of my people". We are all very grateful.

Shane S
Community Member
2 months ago

As an unmarried, childless millennial, I couldn’t help but think it wouldn’t matter to me much if I did these same activities at home or in the office. Grabbing breakfast at home to me is the same as grabbing it at work, so might as well. I don’t see it as a time sacrifice or disruption in work/life balance. But I also know this would be different for someone with kids or a family. But for me, yes I probably would spend more time at work but it’s not because of a ‘capitalist ploy’; it’s just why not? I don’t have anything else better to do at that precise moment. And eating at work saves me money and the time spent preparing food or waiting on takeout.

Ashley Galyen
Community Member
2 months ago

Depends on the company. At sometime they will get used to your early time even if you aren't working and start making extra requests. It is why we always left for lunch. We'd be bothered on our lunch breaks otherwise.

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