10 Companies That Are Redefining Work-Life Balance (and Hiring Now!)
When you’re looking for a job, finding a company with great office culture is a pretty big deal. After all, who wants to be stuck in a workplace where employees have no lives apart from typing away furiously at their desks?
That’s why more and more companies—big and small, tech and non-tech—are looking for new ways to integrate work-life balance into the office culture. From holiday parties and company retreats to happy hours and flexible hours, companies are pulling out all types of perks from their pockets to keep their employees happy, healthy, and having fun.
These 10 companies seriously care for your well-being and will make sure you don’t rot away at your desk. The best part? They’re all hiring.
Asana is on a mission to help humanity thrive. Established in 2008 by the results-driven leaders of Facebook to get more work done with less effort, Asana creates an organized and transparent platform that puts conversations and actionable tasks together. The application is maximizing communication so teams can reach goals faster.
At Asana, work schedules are completely decided by employees. The company wants everyone to have a life outside of their careers and even gives working parents free time to tend to family responsibilities. By emphasizing passion instead of punching the clock, Asana encourages employees to work diligently yet flexibly at whatever pace is healthiest.
Cover is committed to providing diners with an easy way to pay for their meals at various restaurants. It’s really as simple as downloading an app and letting the restaurant know you’ll be paying through Cover. Since 2013, the company has expanded from New York to San Francisco and currently has partnerships with over 100 restaurants.
Good food is as integral to Cover’s office culture as hard work is. Employees love hanging out together multiple times a week, and they prefer nothing more than bonding over food. Office foodies meet frequently to go out for lunch or dinner at one of Cover’s amazing partner restaurants—successfully doubling up on work and play.
Magnetic is making companies and advertisers more efficient and effective in the way they spend their advertising dollars. By offering data-driven search and retargeting strategies, Magnetic helps advertisers reach new and exciting customers in creative and convincing ways.
To make sure employees are relaxing, Magnetic takes everyone on annual retreats. At the most recent one in Atlantic City, the Magnetic team enjoyed awesome bonding activities such as jet-skiing and gambling. Another way the office lightens up is through seeking solace in the office rubber duck. Instead of going to co-workers with everyday issues, employees share technical issues with the duck and often arrive at self-discovered solutions.
With customers in over 65 countries and growing, Canvas is helping thousands of organizations replace expensive and inefficient paper forms with customizable mobile applications. Because of Canvas, people can use their mobile devices to collect, share, and integrate information with existing backend systems.
Work-life balance defines Canvas’ company culture. Apart from participating in happy hours, employees play video games together and watch baseball games outside the office. At Canvas, culture is more important than strategy since it defines the quality of people the company hires. Because of this, employees are not just colleagues, they’re friends.
What do Twitter, Etsy, and CNBC have in common? They’re all clients of Dyn—the cloud-based internet performance company helping companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure. With a world-class network and objective intelligence into internet conditions, Dyn makes sure traffic gets delivered safer and faster.
Because employees are constantly giving their all, Dyn wants to make it easy for people to take a breather. Apart from the usual amenities like ping pong, Dyn’s break area also boasts a novel video arcade filled with classic games like NBA Jam, Pac-Man, and Mortal Kombat.
Whether it’s mobile technology applications or internal intranet systems, DOOR3 is building unique, custom-designed software for its clients. It’s DOOR3’s goal to create superior software products and provide expert web development, all while maintaining the integrity of its tech solutions.
Spontaneous happy hours and holiday parties happen regularly at DOOR3. And, because employees also meet up outside the office, friendships develop organically. When asked about his favorite company tradition, UX director Michael Montecuollo expresses his love for DOOR3’s annual Secret Santa. More than 60 employees play the game, which really reflects the strong camaraderie among co-workers.
Founded in 2003, Grasshopper is dedicated to making it easier to start and grow small businesses. A virtual phone system company, Grasshopper strives to empower entrepreneurs with communication tools they need to succeed. To date, Grasshopper has served more than 150,000 founders.
Grasshopper wants its employees to be healthy. Besides offering flexible work schedules, the company reimburses for things like yoga classes and cell phone bills. The environment is open and inviting, which makes it easy for colleagues to collaborate and have fun.
A nonprofit advisor for mission-driven groups and philanthropists, Bridgespan is committed to helping social sector leaders seriously increase the impact of their organizations. Bridgespan’s clients are working on society’s most important challenges—from expanding opportunities for disadvantaged populations to pursuing environmental sustainability.
Although doing good is central to Bridgespan’s mission, employees value having fun just as much. COO Mandy Taft-Pearman loves the company retreats, especially the “entertainment portion,” when employees from different offices poke fun at themselves with amusing displays of videos, dances, and even music videos. Colleagues aren’t afraid to lighten up and enjoy sharing in Bridgespan’s funniest moments.
A full service marketing communications agency, Gravity is dedicated to solving complex business challenges to create growth opportunities for clients. Its team consists of international marketing professionals of Asian, African, Hispanic, European, and Middle Eastern descent, and this variety of multicultural talent helps Gravity grasp trends in multiple niche markets.
Every year, Gravity’s employees are whisked away for a four-day company retreat. Presentations, group discussions, and team building exercises help the team reconnect, reflect, and plan for the future. Some of the favorite past destinations? Jamaica, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, to name a few.
Handy is revolutionizing the world of household chores by connecting individuals to top-notch professionals with just the click of a button. In under 90 seconds, users can schedule whatever help they need right from the app. Customers simply choose their location, service required, and preferred time slot, and Handy does the rest.
In the office, employees host bi-weekly happy hours, opening up the company’s well-stocked “drink cabinet” and challenging partygoers to foster their inner, burgeoning mixologists. Even if you’re not a fan of cocktails, after-party beer pong is always a crowd favorite. Plus, the crew often treks to its favorite bar downstairs to play giant Jenga and drink champagne.
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A board member of Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, Kat is either hosting inspiring founders or trekking across cities (Silicon Valley and London, anyone?) to discover the hottest startups. And, when she’s not putting together large-group gatherings for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Kat is planning food excursions to discover the best Taiwanese beef noodle soup in NYC. The only thing she loves almost as much as crafting content as an Editorial Intern at The Muse is studying content as an English Major at Columbia University. Say hi on Twitter @katxmoon.More from this Author