What’s the most important thing in life? Well, answers vary, but “happiness” is a pretty darn popular one. We think you deserve to be happy—not just at home, but at work as well! So here’s a roundup of 13 workplaces where the employees report feeling great, day in and day out.
The secret sauce to happiness might just be waiting at your next job. So check these places out, and then get your resume (and your grin) ready.
The perks at HomeAway are awesome (like the beautiful offices and travel opportunities), but one of the things that makes HomeAway team members so happy is the company’s commitment to a laid-back, respectful, supportive environment. Management is accessible any day of the week, and questions are definitely encouraged.
2. Global Health Corps
Every day, Eric Chiyombwe goes home happy, knowing he helped more people gain access to healthcare. Global Health Corps’ team members believe health is a right, not a privilege, and expanding that right across the world makes all the hard work worth it.
“Our office culture is pretty unique,” says Camilo Vera Bezmalinovic, a senior iOS developer at Skout. “To be able to not have a dress code, to work on a couch, to have beer after work, makes you feel so comfortable that it almost feels like home.”
All Skout employees get pretty jazzed about those benefits, as well as the ability to visit the company’s offices in Bulgaria and Chile.
Boredom is a total mood-killer—but you’ll never get bored at Dormify. According to Kristen Mitchell, who handles customer service and logistics, “The work environment at Dormify is one of a kind. Your workload evolves frequently, so you get to learn about multiple aspects of the company.”
At priceline.com, random good ideas become reality. Office yoga classes, company soccer games, and shared book libraries have all come out of employees saying, “Well, what if we…”
It’d be hard not to have a good time at a place like this!
The SoFi team sure knows how to let off some steam. From wine tastings at the CEO’s house and gelato outings to nights out in San Francisco, striking the perfect work-life balance has never been easier. Oh, and the great views of the Golden Gate Bridge are pretty relaxing, too.
“There are a lot of perks to working at DogVacay. We have puppies under our desks,” says Nicole Ellis, product associate. We dare you to not feel happy when you’ve got Spot keeping you company at work.
We’ve seen some awesome offices, but the bridge at MEST elevates the company’s space to a whole new level. The waterway connects MEST’s training school and incubator and promotes collaboration and networking between the two groups of team members. Past visitors to the bridge include Bono, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and the Norwegian trade minister.
Everyone agrees the cost of higher education is way too high, which is why the CommonBond folks get so much satisfaction from their jobs. CommonBond’s goal is to make higher education more affordable and to transform America’s borrowing culture.
“From the team to our borrowers, it’s the CommonBond community that makes my work so rewarding,” says Head of Communications Molly Dince.
ZeroTurnaround has four values: creativity, collaboration, responsibility, and whimsy. The office’s team tables, themed parties, ping-pong battles, catered lunches, and happy hours keep the creative juices flowing and the energy high—so the team has no problem delivering on those big four.
According to VP of operations Nathan Shanor, iMedicare’s team members are always looking for ways to celebrate.
“We love birthdays, so we’ll always have cupcakes from the great bakeries around here and have them delivered,” he says. “And whether someone’s coming up here to visit or we reach a new benchmark that’s really exciting, we all use it as a reason to go out for happy hour.”
If you’re looking to fast-track your career, you’ll definitely be happy at Livefyre. “Because our vision and our mission are so wide, the whole future is in front of us,” explains lead product manager Natasha Mooney. Some engineers with multiple degrees say they’ve learned more in a couple months at the company than they ever did at school!
13. Three Day Rule
Most of us, if we’re lucky, get the satisfaction of helping other people find love maybe once or twice in our lives. At Three Day Rule, employees get to experience that every day.
“The fact that TDR can affect such amazing change into people’s lives and give them their happily ever after makes it the most rewarding and fulfilling job,” says matchmaker Adelle Gomelsky.