At the beginning of our journey, Ireland was just out of recession, and companies were very cautious with their budgets. ‘Superfluous’ office costs were low on the list of priorities for an office manager or HR director.
But with multinationals such as Google, Facebook and Amazon bringing a new work culture to offices in Ireland, attracting and retaining employees became a much more competitive exercise for businesses. The trend towards focusing on employees as a valuable business asset, and rewarding them accordingly, has led to an increase in office perks.
Dedicated Health & Wellness officers can be found in many businesses now, and providing fruit boxes is one – extremely cost-effective – way to send a positive health message to employees.