Discussion : Shabby Building with Good Pays or Good Building with Averag Pays

Recently I have gotten a chance to visit few offices, and always the discussion comes up with my friends who have invested in the new facility. Always the reason for them to invest (some times beyond their capacity) is to increase employee motivation and to be able to attract good people.

But then I have also seen Organizations (and some big ones ) who have worked the other path, of instead increasing the packages they give while staying in residential homes when their teams reach 3 figures number.

This is a question I wanted to through to our readers who are employed, what would you prefer if given to choose between a well built beautiful office with average salary or a shabby building with better pays.

It would turn into a good discussion if you can give your reasons.

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  • I will prefer a beautiful office with good salary

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-factor_theory

    Leading to satisfaction:
    Work itself

    Leading to dissatisfaction:
    Company policy
    Relationship with boss
    Work conditions
    Relationship with peers

    Both of the thing you mentioned doesnt create satisfaction.

  • I would look for the one with both qualities means, Beautiful Office and Good Pays.

  • @Jaffakush, thanks for the link good article, I agree what I wrote down should not create satisfaction but it is the discussion of every person with HR of tech companies, specially when they leave.
    If the pay is good they gripe about having to come to a residential area with no food outlets nearby etc etc.

    If the Location is good then pay becomes a dis-satisfier.

    But that is what i wanted to ask the employees

  • http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/BionicOffice.html

    I have worked with 5 companies in less than 5 years of my professional career. The days that I spent in Telenor, although that was my first job as a consultant, are the best days.

    Good offices surely increase productivity. If your team’s task is such that it requires intensive coordination,(like us), then cubicles are the worst options.

    Telenor’s offices have excellent furniture. Tables are nice & neat with power sockets. You wont see any cables lying here & there on table or elsewhere.

    If the tasks are such that it requires little coordination but more research and development work, then private rooms are best.

    I hate cubicles & I strongly criticized in front of top management during my previous jobs.

    Usually, in early days of career, one doesnt care for these issues, since getting a job is what matters to most people. But after getting in, such things start tormenting the head & count on productivity.

    I would either prefer to work at average salary in Joel’s Spolsky Bionic Office, or take around 4 times more salary to work in cubicles.

    Just a quick note. Joel Spolsky’s company, Fog Creek, has not lost a single human resource in last 10 years. They hire every year. I consider FogCreek to be the most successful company, ahead of Exxon Mobil.

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