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Perks of the Job

If you could have one perk – any perk – in your workplace, what would it be? If you had the choice, would you rather have a bigger title or a bigger office? If you were thinking about leaving your company, what would make you stay? A new CareerBuilder survey explores which job factors are most important to today’s workers.

Nearly one-third of employers (32%) reported that top performers left their organisations in 2012 and 39 % are concerned that they’ll lose top talent in 2013. While most workers (66 %) stated that they are generally satisfied with their jobs, one in four (25%) said they will change jobs in 2013 or 2014.

How important is title?

While upward mobility is a key factor in job satisfaction and employee retention, having a certain title isn’t important to more than half of workers (55%). The vast majority (88%) reported that salary matters more. Other factors that outrank job title in what is most important to workers are:

Flexible working hours – 59%
Being able to make a difference – 48%
Challenging work – 35%
Ability to work from home – 33%
Academic reimbursement – 18%
Having an office – 17%
Company car – 14%

Do perks matter?

Twenty-six percent of workers said that providing special perks is an effective way to improve employee retention. When asked to identify one perk that would make their workplace more satisfying, early dismissals, convenient gym access and casual dress scored highest:

Half day on Fridays – 40%

On site gym – 20%

Ability to wear jeans – 18%

Daily catered lunches – 17%

Massages – 16%

Rest room – 12%

Snack basket available in the office – 8%

On-site nursery – 6%

What ultimately entices workers to stay with a company?

Not surprising, the majority of workers (70%) reported that increasing salaries is the best way to boost employee retention while 58% pointed to better benefits. Other actions workers said employers should take to reduce voluntary turnover include:

Increase employee recognition (awards, cash prizes, company trips) – 50%
Ask employees what they want and put feedback into action – 48%
Increase training and learning opportunities – 35%
Hire temporary staff to ease workloads – 22%
Provide academic reimbursement – 22%
Carve out specific career paths and promote more – 21%
Institute a more casual dress code – 14%

It seems that today what determines job satisfaction is not a one-size-fits-all, but flexibility, recognition, the ability to make a difference and sometimes, even special perks, can go a long way.

We all expect to be compensated and this will always be a top consideration, but we’re seeing work-life balance, telecommuting options and learning opportunities outweigh other job factors when an employee decides whether to stay or join with an organisation.

Of course, one thing we consider a perk here at Ransom Wood is our fantastic surroundings.  Where else can you find an office in a tranquil woodland environment away from the hustle and bustle of life.  Contact our Estates Team to have a chat about moving your company into this great setting.

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Google Reviews

  • clair meade


    Brilliant place. Nature. Trees. Bliss.

  • Dirk R De Boer


    The old hospital, now a business centre, lots of parking, great surroundings

  • alison smith



  • joyce walsh


    Went for a course. Was easy to find and to park

  • James Oliver


    Went for a coffee.....great location

  • Sarah Dean


    Beautiful peaceful location. A hidden gem!

  • Derek Scott


    Very busy. All types of business are there

  • Sam H


    Lovely business park loads of free parking and plenty of 'hidden gem' businesses, including my favourite - Azure Aesthetics x

  • Neil Holmes


    A great venue

  • Sarah Beaumont


    This is such a beautiful setting for an office. Lovely & peaceful and the Ransomwood team are excellent! The maintenance team are always around if needed, great internet facilities and a fabulous café onsite too. I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for premises in the area.

  • Alan Benton


    Nice place for a business meeting

  • 1ndyskies


    I was on a speed awareness course at Ransom Hall, so not the ideal situation. The place however looked lovely. Very tranquil.

  • Ann Revill


    Lovely animals to watch and birds

  • Melvin Crofts


    Lovely place

  • Paul Gillon


    A well maintained business grounds with 100s of offices and a restaurant in the centre. Speed controlled and beautiful woodland surroundings, this place seems to be consistently upgrading.

  • Gareth Childs


    Great park to host a business

  • Dave Watts


    Love this place

  • Maxine Dillon


    We rent an office here and it’s just such a lovely place to drive into everyday

  • Chris Kho


    Still love to walk around. I used to live in the big house at the top of the drive, it was Oak House then and I nursed at Ransom Hospital , Byron Ward which was on the left side of Ransom Hall car park. Oak House used to be Sisters accommodation. I think the main chef lived upstairs when I lived there and just me downstairs mostly. I loved it but had to keep my kitchen door closed because of the squirrels. Loved looking down the drive out of my bedroom and lounge windows, beautiful in Autumn and when it snowed, I worked at Ransom Hospital until it closed in 1987. Wonder why Oak House was later named Ash House? Lovely dining at Forever Green in the grounds whilst I reminisce.

  • Tony Lewis


    Absolutely spot on as regards setting up a virtual office. Really friendly and helpful reception staff, with onsite meeting rooms available if needed. Very pleased.

  • Matthew Sheppard



  • John Redfern


    Good food

  • David Draper


    Great place for taking pets a walk, lovely cafe with meeting rooms.

  • Pete Edwards


    A great place

  • Daryl Statham-waring


    Brilliant place, they have all sorts of businesses there. A cafe, hypnotherapy, hypnopuncture as well many others. Worth a drive up just to see what's there. Furthermore, it's in lovely surroundings.

  • Jo Harris


    Just go there and walk for miles! Beautiful views from strawberry hill too.

  • Philip Merry


    Go experience

  • victoria chandler


    Great place,hidden away

  • T Butler


    Set in beautiful woodland.. a very relaxing place to work.

  • Bec Ward


    Very tranquil here, feel at real ease could get lost in my own thoughts

  • S Curran


    Lots of meeting rooms. Follow signes not sat nav to find entrence as its moved. Plenty of parking.

  • Andy long


    Nice business offices and restaurant

  • Robert West


    Love it. Great setting, and reasonable rents.

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