10 Companies That Give You the Flexibility to Live Your Life and Do Your Work
Your job may be a big part of your life. But, it doesn’t make up your entire life. You still have commitments, passions, and responsibilities outside of the four walls of your office.
Unfortunately, managing your career in tandem with your personal interests can often feel like you’re juggling 34 flaming batons—with a blindfold on and one hand tied behind your back.
But, what if I told you things didn’t need to be that way? What if you could find a company that lets you excel and grow, while still having the flexibility to live (and love!) your own life?
Well, prepare to be amazed—because we found 10 companies that provide the opportunity to do just that. Brush off your resume and leave that stressful circus act behind.
Aflac is the nation’s number one company in worksite and voluntary sales for individuals and groups, offering benefits options most major medical insurance companies don’t cover.
Being an Aflac agent allows you to live your life to the fullest, while helping others do the same. That’s because Aflac agents run their own businesses, with the support of Aflac behind them. They get to set their own schedules based on what’s best for them, their families, and their clients. They get to make decisions about how they handle business challenges to forge their own path. And, with the help of an uncapped commission structure, they get to determine exactly how much they make. “So, I get the opportunity to go out and perform at the level I want to perform at,” shares Andrew Loewen, District Sales Coordinator.
“This [opportunity] offers everyone whatever they want,” he adds. “Because you can really just make it your own.” Ready to grab the reins and take charge of your life and your future? Aflac is eagerly awaiting your application.
HomeAdvisor is the largest home improvement services online marketplace nationwide, connecting home service professionals and homeowners with its comprehensive network of resources and tools.
Besides having amazing employee benefits, HomeAdvisor rewards and recognizes its trail-blazing teams with incredible work incentives that keep them excited. In doing so, the company arms teammates with extra paid time off, exotic trips, and even cash bonuses that allow them to head out and really enjoy their lives. HomeAdvisor always wants its employees to know they’re the company’s most valuable assets and that every contribution is worthwhile.
HBO is America’s most successful premium television company—featuring award-winning programming, top box office hits, and new media entertainment enjoyed by millions of subscribers worldwide.
Work-life balance is a main pillar of HBO’s culture—in fact, you could probably call it the main pillar. The company’s family-like atmosphere promotes both achievement and enjoyment—enabling employees to manage and merge professional aspirations, personal commitments, and recreational interests. “Everyone—management and co-workers alike—promotes living your life so you can experience great things and bring them back,” says Olufemi Leverett, Associate Manager of Account Management, Marketing, and Creative Services.
The Avenue West is a go-to-market and market expansion agency at the intersection of tech, lifestyle, design, and social impact, creating undeniable business brand narratives with real results.
The Avenue West is big on giving employees freedom both in and out of the office. At work, you’ll have the independence to take bold risks and make your own choices, with the reassuring knowledge that management is always there to offer support. And at the end of each week, employees kick back by taking turns choosing a delicious menu, and then heading to their office table or a favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant to chat about their personal projects and passions. Want to pull up a chair and join the conversation? You know what to do.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is an influential community of over 11,000 entrepreneurs, exclusively supporting today’s business owners in all aspects of their entrepreneurial journey.
Forget building your life around your work. With a job at Entrepreneurs’ Organization, you’ll build your work around your life. The company’s liberal teleworking policy and abundance of home-based jobs give employees a flexible working schedule and a level of autonomy that promotes innovation. The company taps into the entrepreneurial mindset even further by encouraging employees to continually craft their position to make it more impactful.
6. Return Path
Return Path collects, processes, analyzes, and provides data from across the email ecosystem, giving companies the insight they need to build closer, safer, and smarter relationships with customers.
With a beer cart, softball team, yoga classes, bi-weekly massage appointments, and office-wide games, the folks at Return Path don’t just say they work hard and play hard—they live it. Beyond that, the company’s flexible schedules and open PTO policy grant you the flexibility you need to prioritize your life ahead of your work when you need to. And your teammates are always there to support you—both in the office and out. “We challenge each other, motivate each other, and celebrate the good stuff together,” explains Regional Sales Executive Mallary Pittman. “Both personally and professionally.”
OwnLocal works with over 2,000 local media companies to power their digital ad agencies by automatically converting their print, radio, and television ads into online marketing.
OwnLocal places client needs above all else, but that allows for a large amount of flexibility in the way people approach their work. Employees are free to set their own schedules and come and go at the times that work best for them. Even better? Management works with each individual to create the right workplace environment. OwnLocal cares deeply about keeping its employees happy—and you can become one of them!
VMware is an industry-leading virtualization software company—providing simplified IT solutions that streamline business operations.
If you see someone dancing in the hallways at VMware, don’t be surprised. It’s not uncommon for employees to get up and practice their dance class moves between work sessions or take an impromptu gym break in the middle of the afternoon. VMware is big on work-life balance and empowering its employees, allowing them to determine their own work schedules and giving them freedom to make strategic decisions.
“VMware is a very flexible company,” says technical staff member Lipsa Rout. “It gives me an opportunity to balance my work with fun activities so that work is always an enjoyable experience.”
9. DX Marketing
DX Marketing kickstarts the success of businesses by delivering end-to-end marketing solutions designed to simplify the process of collecting analytics and executing strategies those analytics inform.
DX Marketing doesn’t believe in measuring employee productivity using hours—the leadership here would rather just take a look at what you accomplished. With adjustable start and end times and the flexibility for employees to accommodate family activities, DX Marketing obviously knows how valuable employee time is. The team here is also always willing to take a break from the desk and head out for some shared interests. With an office full of music-lovers, that often means heading out for a group trip to see concerts in town.
10. Plum Organics
Plum Organics is a mission-led organic baby food company, nourishing the next generation with nutritious, inventive, and flavorful products.
When it comes to the best parts of working at Plum Organics, employees say it best. “The Plum Organics culture is laid back,” shares Gina Alamillo, R&D Technologist. “We have flexibility and can be as creative as we want to be. You feel free here because it’s easy to be yourself.” With an office design that maximizes collaboration, on-site wellness classes (including weekly Crossfit and yoga), and a cooking space straight out of any chef’s dream, Plum Organics recognizes that happy employees are the best employees.
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Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer, covering topics related to careers, self-development, and the freelance life. In addition to writing for The Muse, she's also the Career Editor for The Everygirl, a columnist for Inc., and a contributor all over the web. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she's usually babying her rescued terrier mutt or continuing her search for the perfect taco. Say hi on Twitter @kat_boogaard or check out her website.More from this Author
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