Of course, whether companies offer booze in the office can depend on the laws and religious and cultural norms of the country in which they are based. "In Pakistan it's not halal, so no beer fridges," laughs Rida Shoaib, a 26-year-old employee at Plan9, a technology incubator in Lahore. She does have a fridge, though, which is filled with juices and sharbat, a popular non-alcoholic drink.
‘I have a beer fridge at home’
Do companies even need to offer drinks to attract workers? No, says Yuriy Mukhin, who runs Lalafo, a tech start-up in Kiev, Ukraine, which aims to “grow Spartans from millennials” with a no-frills office culture.
Millennials don't want to be coddled, but challenged, he says. "There are no rules on when and where to work, no office hours, and we intentionally do not buy beer fridges and games.
“We create ambitious goals and tough deadlines under which you have to overcome big challenges or you 'die'.”
Whether it’s champagne buttons or Spartan challenges, it’s clear that companies are doing their utmost to attract top talent. But perhaps younger workers just want the same things that have been attracting employees for decades: “I would like from a job, a safe working environment, union representation, a pension plan and job security, please,” says Rhys Jones, 29, who works in digital media in London.
Or as Marisa Smith, a 32-year-old living in Norwich, in the east of England, puts it: “I want a good pension plan and private healthcare options. Seriously. I have a beer fridge at home.”
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