BY MARK SMITH, PLA
If you spend any time at all reading about corporate culture in America, you’ve probably noticed an emerging trend in the design of the corporate campus: big tech firms are now developing campuses that provide incredible employee amenities, such as juice bars, massage tents, and staffed daycare centers, that would have been considered unthinkable a few years ago. Why are they doing this? Because corporations are recognizing that the needs and desires of today’s workforce are changing. With an increased focus on work/life balance and wellness, they are providing amenities designed specifically to keep their employees on-site, happy, and productive. While the employees love it, the cost of providing such amenities is not lost on those responsible for paying for them. Companies and their facilities managers, just as in the past, are still challenged with managing ever-increasing real estate and infrastructure development costs. Now, they must balance those costs with the added expense of offering competitive on-site amenities.