A pool table, free soft drinks and an office dog: 50 things that make the perfect office

Business people discussing near pool table

The perfect office would have a pool table, the study found [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Westend61/Getty Images)

Researchers also found the ideal work environment has eight colleagues working in open-plan harmony, four plants, a fully-stocked kitchen and sleeping pods. Lots of natural light, sofas, large corner desks and communal music also featured in the list. Other popular attributes include blankets for when you feel cold at your desk, a workstation out of view from the boss and a hostess trolley with cake or afternoon tea.

The poll of 2,000 people was carried out by SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries worldwide, to highlight the disparity between the work conditions of humans and animals.

Chief Executive Geoffrey Dennis said: “People in Britain have a clear idea about their perfect workplace.

“But, thankfully, most office workers are already fortunate enough to enjoy a pretty comfortable working environment, with their own chair, regular breaks and a constant supply of tea and coffee.

“Sadly, it’s a very different story for working animals overseas.

“These horses, donkeys, camels and elephants often endure terrible working conditions, carrying backbreaking loads in extreme temperatures and dangerous environments.”

The study revealed one in six adults would like their workplace to contain gym equipment or a self-contained workout space.

A third want their working environment to be flooded in natural light, and 12 percent would love it if their workplace incorporated a ‘bring your own pet’ policy.

Almost one in five people would like to see a relaxation space in the office, equipped with TVs and massage chairs, while hammocks were also a popular choice.

Woman petting dog at office desk

An office dog was also among the things listed by workers [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Frank van Delft/Getty Images)

But a quarter would be happy if their place of work simply had up-to-date technology, instead of outdated computers.

As far as workplace perks are concerned, 28 percent would like to be allowed to work in jeans.

And four in 10 want a boss who understands that family must always come first, ahead of work matters.

Brits also believe their ‘perfect’ job would see them work for four days a week, grafting for only six hours each day.

They’d earn precisely £67,813 a year, with a healthy pension, and have a 15-minute commute to the office each morning – ideally walking.

The working month would be punctuated with four working lunches, while they’d also be allowed a day-and-a-half off for golf or ‘company leisure days. The dream career also includes three business trips abroad annually, with a further five taken within the UK.

And if that wasn’t enough, Brits would give themselves a huge 31 days a year of annual leave.

Geoffrey Dennis, from SPANA, added: “Daydreaming about our ideal working environment is a fun way to pass the time.

Two coworkers talking together in a modern office

28 percent of workers would like to be allowed to work in jeans (Image: Morsa Images/Getty Images)

“But, it’s important to remember that, while perhaps not luxurious, most people in the UK have workplaces that are clean, safe and comfortable – even if there’s no massage chair in sight.

“In stark contrast, working animals and their owners in many of the world’s poorest communities face a lifetime of toil and hardship.

“They must work day-in, day-out, with little rest and no prospect of retirement.

“Inappropriate and ill-fitting equipment mean working animals often develop painful wounds and there is usually no veterinary care available for them when they are sick or injured.

“This is why SPANA’s work is so important – ensuring that these hardworking animals receive the vital care they need and that their welfare is improved.”


1. Lots of natural light

2. Free fruit bowl

Business people meeting at the airport

The dream career also includes three business trips abroad annually [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images)

3. A nice view from the window

4. Free soft drinks

5. A chair which is ergonomically set up

6. Up-to-date technology

7. Office plants

8. Good coffee/ professional coffee machine

9. Variable temperature control

10. Free chocolates or biscuits

People discussing in creative office

Almost one in five people would like to see a relaxation space in the office [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Portra Images/Getty Images)

11. A relaxation zone with computer games/ TV/ massage chairs

12. Fully equipped kitchen

13. Access to an outdoor space

14. An office dog

15. Rooftop garden/outdoor area for the summer

16. Sofas

17. Free ice cream in the summer

18. Gym equipment/ workout space

19. Large corner desks

20. Variable lighting control

21. Blankets for when you feel cold at your desk

22. The option to sit or stand while working

23. Foot rests

24. Storage under desks for each person

25. Two computer screens on your desk

26. Desk screens or partitioning

Business people standing by office window

A third want their working environment to be flooded in natural light [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Morsa Images/Getty Images)

27. Access to a fantastic stationery cupboard

28. A ‘bring your own pet’ policy

29. Communal music

30. A desk which is out of view from the boss

31. Drawers/ personal filing system

32. Personal lockers

33. A ‘snug’ with hammocks to escape to for a rest

34. Concentration booths/ cocoons

Businesswoman covering herself with a blanket in a modern office

Other popular attributes include blankets for when you feel cold at your desk [STOCK PHOTO] (Image: Moyo Studio/Getty Images)

35. A hostess trolley with cake/ afternoon tea

36. Free bar for post-work drinks

37. Office entertainment – e.g. pool table, table football, trampolines, ball pits

38. An office cat

39. Cushions

40. Work zones tailored for different tasks

41. Vending machines

42. Meditation space

43. Childcare facilities

44. Showers

45. Magazines and literature to read during lunch breaks

46. A fish tank

47. A bed/sleep pods

48. Brightly painted walls

49. Art work from local artists

50. Cycle parking

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