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The downside of office perks


PING pong table? So passe. Free food? But of course. Game room, sleep pods, hammocks, hoops - check. Employers everywhere, Singapore included, are practically falling over themselves in a race to outperk each other, as they compete for the attention of the millennial jobseeker.

But as benefits grow ever more outrageous, corporates seem to forget that what makes that hip office look cool on Instagram does not necessarily make it a great place to work. Brunch this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend looks at the downside of office perks.

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