Tech firms bumping up perks to make workplace more inviting
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- The high-tech companies in California's Silicon Valley are trying to make the workplace more fun and exciting.
At Apple's gleaming "Spaceship Headquarters," there will be a world-class auditorium, and an orchard for engineers to wander in. Facebook is putting final touches on a Disney-inspired campus including a Main Street with a barbecue shack, a sushi house and a bike shop.
It's part of an effort to encourage employees to come into the office, instead of working at home. The CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, has already gone so far as to ban telecommuting.
New Silicon Valley headquarters or expansions are in the works for most of the area's major firms. On the outside, many of the new buildings will feature striking architectural designs, and they'll be among the most environmentally-friendly in the country.
Inside, there will be walls you can draw on, ping pong tables, Lego stations, gaming arcades and free haircuts.
Critics say the efforts to bring workers together are a waste of money. Kevin Wheeler, who consults on human resources for Silicon valley businesses, says people in their 20s and 30s are "totally capable of working on their own and being productive."