'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us

www.theregister.co.uk | 3/1/2019 | Staff
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In 2012 a shaky hand placed a flash drive into a brown paper envelope and addressed it to The Register's London HQ in felt-tip pen. Once we'd shoved the thing into a non-production lappie to ensure it wasn't Anonymous*, vultures kept striding past, mugs in hand, to take a peek.

"A soft play area with beanbags and stripper poles... and this is in London?" mused one. "What's wrong with the pub?"

Array - Snapshots - Manner - Breakout - Area

A vast array of snapshots of every manner of breakout area and relaxation and chat hubs appeared before our eyes. Why did the door to the staff room look like a prison-grade bank vault? Staff retention? Why the seedy-looking mattresses shoved in the transparent teepee? And Christ – who wants to hunch over a laptop while sat on one of those lumpy-looking beanbags?

Little did we know at the time, but vanguard Google was beginning a trend that would hit the corporate world like a soft, rotten slushie spilled on a burgundy faux velvet rest-mat. It was a perk! A cushion, a jar of communal frequently touched marshmallows, somewhere to eat your lunch while still continuing to slave over that laptop... and none of it very comfortable or pitched at anyone over the age of seven.

Businesses - Desk - Day

Some businesses have got it right. You don't want to sit at your desk all day and...
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