13 Companies That Do Work-Life Balance Differently
Work-life balance is most people’s number one goal, but in fact, it’s actually a pretty common goal for companies, too.
We’ve found 13 different organizations that value well-being as much as (if not more than) hard work. Even better, they practice it in unique and surprising ways—giving their employees endless possibilities to refresh, regroup, and come out more productive and happier than ever.
Have we piqued your interest? Good—because these companies also all have job openings!
A leader in cloud infrastructure, business mobility, and virtualization software, VMware offers game-changing IT solutions and simplified automated delivery systems.
At VMware, it’s not unusual for employees to take an impromptu gym break or practice dance class moves in between work sessions. By allowing its employees—experienced and entry-level—flexible work schedules and the freedom to make strategic decisions, VMware actively promotes leadership and creativity.
True to the community value, VMware also encourages and supports organizations and activities related to the employees’ many ethnic and cultural heritages. For example, the company celebrates Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights,” with a company-wide event organized by the VMware Indian Employee Network and even arranges flexible work schedules for about 50 members for the month prior to allow them time to organize the event.
2. W by Worth
Founded in 1991, W by Worth is a multimillion-dollar company that believes in providing intrinsic value and style to its community of women across the company. Through one-on-one sales experiences from carefully selected Worth stylists, women receive a personalized shopping experience tailored to fit taste, figure, and lifestyle.
At W by Worth, employees are given the opportunity to build their own work hours. When her husband fell ill, Monica Anderson, Regional Director, was able to rearrange her schedule to care for him: “Worth was truly like a gift—it offered me the flexibility to work from my home so that I could balance family and career.”
Stephanie Smith had a similar experience. Stephanie’s previous careers include 10 years in the advertising industry and a stint as an actress. It wasn’t until after having three kids—and needing a more flexible career—that Stephanie came across the opportunity to be a W by Worth stylist. She jumped at the chance and hasn’t looked back since.
Fetch Robotics is creating innovative robotic solutions for the logistics market. With its first-class robotics and software programming, Fetch Robotics designs autonomous and collaborative robots to streamline operations, provide real-time warehouse information, and ultimately increase productivity. But it’s not all work and no play at Fetch Robotics—employees also find it important to take time out to increase their energy and creativity with games of laser tag around the office.
As a single parent, Tashana Simon, Procurement Manager, loves that she doesn’t have to worry about taking time off to see her daughter. Fetch Robotics’ flexibility makes it easy for her to be both a mother and a full-time employee.
“We’re a close-knit family with a casual atmosphere. Everyone gets along with each other, and we have a lot of fun,” she says.
Urban Airship helps leading brands engage their mobile users and build high-value relationships from the moment customers download an app.
The company was named one of the “Top 10 Coolest Places to Work in Oregon” for good reason. UA’s Culture Club ensures employees stay engaged both in the company and in the community by hosting amazing events, including monthly game nights, pancake breakfasts, and service projects. Urban Airship also invests in employees’ well-being through company funded work-life balance initiatives. For every three years worked at Urban Airship, employees receive equilibrium—a company-paid vacation to relax and reset.
No matter where employees are located—at home or on the beach—Urban Airship makes it convenient to contribute a full day’s work from anywhere. But despite the flexibility advantages, many employees still prefer office life, loving connecting with their amazing co-workers face-to-face.
Moz’s mission is to make the web a better place, and employees love every second of it. This ultra-intelligent group of experts has been offering unwavering, effective opportunities for rank checking, SEO, and Twitter analytics to improve online visibility at a price that’s affordable for all.
Moz makes a point of giving its members room to manage themselves and grow personally and professionally. In fact, Moz loves hiring remote employees—entrusting them to work on their own, but always making sure they feel like part of the team. Across the organization, the company keeps up with where each person is, comparing an employee’s actual career trajectory to individualized expectations and offering feedback along the way.
“Moz is the sweet spot between the flexibility and culture of a startup and the resources and intelligence of a larger corporation,” shares software engineer David Pierce.
Omnigon is a digital consultation firm delivering brand optimization to leaders in the sports, media, and entertainment industries.
The company’s offices are fun-packed with epic good times and endless perks. The company plans outings to exciting destinations monthly and holds 5 PM happy hours with foosball tournaments every Thursday. Employees can unwind with superb professional massages offered in office, recharge at the coffee and espresso bar onsite, or indulge appetites with Omnigon’s fully stocked pantry and weekly Fresh Direct deliveries.
Ultimately, employees love working at Omnigon because it’s clear exactly how much the company cares about making them happy.
Since launching in 2007, Ideal Properties Group has been helping buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords unlock the enormous potential of Brooklyn’s properties. The team behind Ideal Properties Group comes together to provide the Brooklyn community with exceptional customer service and a stunning catalogue of unique property finds.
Andrew Paul Smith, a real estate agent at Ideal Properties Group, began his career in journalism. After his interest faded, Andrew eventually found his calling in real estate. Having never been comfortable in a typical 9-to-5, Andrew was attracted to the flexible lifestyle—and he chose Ideal Properties Group for the wealth of knowledge he knew he would learn there.
“Even though we have a very family-oriented environment, we each run our own business,” he says. But despite this, Ideal Properties Group is proud of its team mentality: “You get to do your thing—but also have a management team that helps you all along the way.”
Windsor Circle is revolutionizing e-commerce marketing by providing automated, continuous analysis of customer, product, and purchase data to clients. What began as a small startup has now grown into a world-class software company with the goal of employing 300 creative professionals.
How does Windsor Circle balance work and play? By doing community service as a team! Each quarter, the company has a team day when employees devote half the day to learning new skills and the other half to volunteering in downtown Durham. The Windsor team strives to have a positive impact on its community—through active support for initiatives like Real Durham—and is strongly committed to investing in early childhood education organizations like Crayons2Calculators and Book Harvest.
A nationwide HR services and talent acquisition firm, Ascend’s top-notch team specializes in recruitment process outsourcing. Using modernized methods and the latest technologies, diversely trained agents search high and low to find the perfect professional fit for job vacancies in healthcare, IT, energy, and real estate industries.
Ascend HR Corp’s laid-back culture lets employees work from home and schedule their own hours, but employees prefer the office environment so much that they still love coming into work every day. Kristie Lopez, a talent acquisition coordinator, says that Ascend has made it easy for her to reduce stress in her personal life by letting her work on her own time—and the office even lets her bring her dog to work when she needs to take care of him!
AddThis’s website tools are used by over 14 million domains around the world, and its site sees 1.8 billion unique users on a monthly basis, enabling websites and marketers to obtain granular insights, personalize experiences, and activate marketing campaigns through paid, owned, and earned media.
AddThis employees enjoy all kinds of perks, but a team favorite is the constant supply of free, delicious food. Lunch is catered on a daily basis, and free snacks and drinks are available all day long—with even more options during its hosted speaker series. AddThis knows that good food fuels creativity—and the company is committed to making sure it has plenty of both.
The company also has an open leave policy that encourages employees to take time off as they see fit. AddThis’s culture is built on personal trust and mutual responsibility, which is why employees are allowed to work from home or remotely.
Plated is revolutionizing the way Americans eat and cook meals. When customers subscribe, they get ready-to-cook fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes delivered straight to their doors, and each meal is designed for a fun and convenient cooking experience.
At Plated, it’s easy to live an active lifestyle. Employees often get together for spinning and yoga classes, and they even take time to exercise their brains with a monthly book club. Of course, there’s lots of fun to be had in the kitchen, where Platers get to taste test new dishes before they get delivered to customers’ doors.
“What I love about Plated is that the fun happens naturally—there’s no need to schedule it,” says Nick Karrat, SVP of Marketing.
12. Pinsight Media+
Pinsight Media+ is a mobile media company powered by Sprint. The company helps connect brands and mobile users with valuable information at key moments through a variety of mobile advertising, mobile commerce, analytics, offers, and other premium services.
Employees describe the culture at Pinsight as rich with creativity and ideas. The team loves that it has the flexibility to operate as a lean startup business—while still leveraging the amazing assets and resources of Sprint.
A lot of tech companies claim to “work hard, play hard,” but Pinsight Media+ is pretty good at playing and working at the same time. Pinsight Media+ appreciates that real people need real balance, so if employees wants to have a life or brush up on their rec game of choice from time to time, the company is all for it.
Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover makes it easy for pet parents throughout the U.S. to find and book five-star dog sitters, connecting dog owners with the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers and offering in-home boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, and day care.
As a Rover dog sitter, employees have the chance to work around their own schedules and can also choose to work part-time.
Chelsea Dickson, a premier sitter, stumbled upon Rover while looking for a way to make some extra income that would fit with her lifestyle and allow her to be a stay-at-home mom. With a deep passion for pets, Chelsea loved that Rover enabled her to work outdoors with animals she loves, all while spending time with her daughter and introducing her to different experiences.
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As an Associate Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author