Some companies seem to try to reward workers by buying some crap to them. I read some article somewhere about saying how employees could play table tennis at the workplace. It was mentioned how motivated the workers will be when they have these sort of fun toys to play around.
I kind of disagree.
To me this sounds like “working feels horrible, so lets ease the pain with something else”. I think the focus should not be on purchasing tennis tables (or whatever stuff). Focus should be making working fun. If you feel great to be able to work and have really interesting tasks, you really don’t need external toys or rewards (they can be nice addition, but not really necessary). The work in itself is so rewarding that you’d hate to stop working. (Money is needed for practical purposes, but if the work is really rewarding, having a big salary isn’t all that important).
The main goal could be to create such environment where people feel privileged to work. Whenever somebody is thinking: “I even get paid to do this which is odd since this really doesn’t feel even work to me!” he is on the right path.
In my pretty humble opinion, I think teams should focus on making the work feel a reward in itself. Buying stuff to reward somebody should come after that.