Forget free lunches and cool office spaces: Access to new technology is the perk employees crave most, according to a new study from Adobe.
More than 80 percent of the employees surveyed said technology is the most important factor to keeping them happy, compared with just 72 percent who said the same about having access to food and beverages. Additionally, only 61 percent said a beautiful office design drives their satisfaction, with just 56 percent saying it is on-site amenities that makes them happy.
The study revealed that employees who think their company's technology is "ahead of the curve" feel twice as creative, motivated and valued than those whose company's technology is "behind the times."
"Employers may be focusing too much on ping pong tables and free dry cleaning, instead of technology that helps their employees feel motivated, valued and productive," Jeff Vijungco, vice president of global talent for Adobe, said in a statement. "Employers need to pay attention to productivity more than perks, and realize that their employees are happy to work when a company invests in their success."
Overall, 85 percent of those surveyed believe access to quality tech tools makes them more productive, while 70 percent said it improves their work-life balance. In general, nearly three-quarters of employees believe being able to use high-quality technology makes their workday better and easier. [See Related Story: 34 Tech Tools Small Business Owners Rely on Most]
When it comes to the type of technology they want, 81 percent of those surveyed said No. 1 on their priority list are tools that help them connect to colleagues more efficiently.
Regardless of whether they have access to the technology they desire, most workers are happy in their jobs. The research found that 70 percent of the U.S. employees surveyed love their jobs.
It's a good thing they do, because they spend most of their time dealing with work. On average, those surveyed spend 78 percent of their waking hours on days they work either actually working or thinking about work, and 41 percent doing the same on their days off.
In total, nearly 60 percent of the U.S. employees surveyed said work defines who they are.
The study was based on surveys of 2,011 office workers who use a computer on a daily basis in the United States, United Kingdom and India.