10 Companies That Insist on Good Work-Life Balance (and Are Hiring Now!)
Job burnout is the last thing anyone wants. But, in today’s society—where “busy” is synonymous to “success” and the number of hours spent in the office is used to evaluate your value—it often becomes inevitable to sacrifice less-important things (like, hmm, let’s see, health) to get work done.
Have no fear, because these 10 companies value your physical and mental well-being just as much as the work you’re turning in to your boss. Read on to see how they make work-life balance not just possible, but integral, for their employees.
If there’s anything HERE loves, it’s maps. The company uses the newest technologies to capture location content and create the best navigation services for its clients. To make sure employees don’t get tired of virtually identifying road networks and traffic patterns, HERE sends its team members to cities around the world (Singapore and Berlin, anyone?) where they physically gather information to make better maps.
Even if you choose to stay in the Cambridge office, you’ll get plenty of chances to recharge from work. HERE’s employees love the 360-degree view of the Charles River and the Boston skyline and take breaks throughout the day to watch everything from sailboats cruising on the river to the sun setting on the water.
STYLIGHT—an international online fashion platform with over five million users—helps you discover the latest trends and the hottest outfits. While the company features an impressive selection of trendy products, it features an even more impressive selection of extracurricular activities for employees.
Examples? Employees get together every month to compete in beach volleyball tournaments, ski races, and Bavarian Olympics. Even if sports aren’t your thing, there are weekly movie nights and parties that make sure you’re enjoying life—and mingling with co-workers—in a cubicle-free setting.
3. Boost Media
You know those companies that make you excited to wake up for work every morning? Boost Media is one of them. While the company’s goal of optimizing digital marketing platforms is the primary force that motivates the team, Boost Media’s employees admit that office traditions also play a huge role in helping them work hard and play harder.
Some of these traditions include monthly camping trips, paintball adventures, and beer pong tournaments. Not impressed yet? Boost Media’s employees bond in water as well as on land. That is, they take frequent boat trips—and host legendary holiday parties—on the San Francisco Bay.
4. Venture for America
Venture for America (VFA) is renewing the economy by helping a new generation launch their careers as entrepreneurs. The office, with its open floor structure, encourages VFA employees to socialize often and celebrate successes even more often. After every perfect fellow placement, employees ring the office’s Liberty Bell to start a celebration party.
Sports and health are also highly promoted, as VFA employees often take breaks during the day to watch college basketball games. And employees themselves get some exercise, too, by going to morning and afternoon gym classes that are offered by the company.
With its save-for-later application, Pocket is revolutionizing the way customers discover, view, and share content. But what’s surprising is that it’s also revolutionizing the traditional vacation policy. The team believes the most successful people are happy and healthy and takes pride in offering unlimited vacation to its employees.
Apart from that, Pocket makes sure its team members are taking good care of their bodies by providing free gym membership at the premier Sports Club LA. After all, how can you refuse free yoga and spin classes when they’re literally right next door?
LivingSocial presents the best online deals, including everything from gourmet dinners to weekend getaways, to its more than seven million online members from around the world.
And who checks whether these deals are good enough to be posted on the company’s website? You’ve guessed it—LivingSocial’s very own employees. Besides tasting amazing food at different restaurants, employees are given the wonderful opportunities to preview upcoming events (a favorite has been the Sumo, Sushi, and Sake event) and try new products.
Apportable wants to make awesome games accessible and fun for everyone, and it does this by recompiling iOS games so they can automatically run on other platforms like Android.
When looking for an office space, the company wanted to find a place where employees could balance work time with play time. The solution? An old taekwondo studio converted into a huge open office space where employees can deploy awesome mobile games while playing their own. Apart from that, Apportable makes sure employees don’t skip meals by catering daily gourmet lunches for them—yum.
With major clients like Airbnb, LivingSocial, and Github, Braintree works to make online payment easier for merchants. The company places a heavy emphasis on co-workers having fun together and organizes multiple celebrations featuring drinks, games, and—of course—Taylor Swift music.
Another sign of the office’s free and fun culture? When employees get tired from working at their desks, they move to a cozy and colorful indoor tree house to get things done.
Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise funds for their ideas, charities, and startups. While the company is big on helping customers fund what matters to them, it also cares deeply about what matters to each of Indiegogo’s employees. That’s why every team member is given “Go-Go Bucks” every month to support a campaign they’re passionate about.
At Indiegogo, co-workers get to know one another by having breakfast in the common area, getting together for dinners on weeknights, and playing music together on the office guitars. The relaxed and familial atmosphere helps employees relieve stress and boost their mental health.
Contently’s mission is to build a better world for publishers and journalists. The startup is slowly cleansing the media ecosystem from bad content pollution by forming connections between professional journalists and companies looking to hire them.
Within the Contently team, the co-workers do everything they can to spend as much time with each other outside the office as possible. They’ve organized activities ranging from DJ turntables and book clubs to, wait for it, visits to American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. We doubt there’s a more unique place to relax and socialize than in a 67-foot-wide hemispheric dome.
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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