Following the likes of Google, a growing number of companies are looking to create quirky offices by installing pool and table tennis tables - including EY in Newcastle.
The aim is to create a more creative atmosphere, giving them an edge over their competitors, as such initiatives have been shown to help with recruitment and improve employee satisfaction and collaboration between departments. With millennials reportedly looking for a better work-life balance, it will be interesting to see if more companies follow suit in order to attract the best talent.
The sleeves are rolled up. The ties are off. And the game is well underway. The ping-pong ball has been whizzing across the table for some time as the four players battle it out to win the all-important deciding point in a game that seems to have been going on for some time. As the ball finally flicks off the table, bouncing off a wall behind the losing team, one of the players quickly shuffles out of the room. The young victor quickly puts his tie on and rolls down his sleeves to make him look more presentable. We are, after all, stood in the middle the Newcastle office of EY - formerly known as Ernst and Young, one of the “Big Four” accountancy firms.