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You’d Love to Work in These 15 Dream Workplaces

You’d Love to Work in These 15 Dream Workplaces

For anyone who has worked in a traditional office setting, the drawbacks are all too familiar. Harsh lighting, enclosed spaces and few windows can easily make workers feel like they’re in a cage. However, abolishing the standard office has become common, particularly when it comes to technology companies. In the hope of increasing employee creativity and morale, these incredible offices take a employee-centric approach to their design. Below we’ve listed 15 dream workplaces and why they are so awesome. Regardless of where you work, you’ll want to trade your everyday for any one of these impressive offices.

1. Google: Artistry

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    One collection of spaces that anyone would love to work in are the various Google offices around the world. Not only do these dream workplaces include a gym and space to play basketball, Google also gives employees an indoor slide and a space to sing karaoke. As for the actual office area, Google uses everything from modern furnishings to reclaimed gondola cars, making each office space truly unique.

    2. Corus Entertainment: Three-Story Slide

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      One of the larger dream offices on the list is the massive home office of Corus Entertainment in Toronto. An incredible 500,000 square feet, this building was intended to bring together 11 separate offices into one. From the looks of things, they succeeded, and this five-story building includes multiple lounges above its TV studio. Not only that, this dream workplace has a three-story slide, bright colors, and even board room tables shaped like hockey rinks.

      3. Pallotta Teamworks: Modern Comfort

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        This admirable, eye-catching workplace makes use of highly modern modular offices, making for an inspiring, open space inside. In addition, the office includes a minimalist indoor pond, letting workers feel comfortable and creative.

        4. Dropbox: Room to Think

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          Another incredibly modern and warm dream workplace is the Dropbox office. This office relies on minimalist design that also includes heaps of wide, open space. In addition, Dropbox also offers their employees a fully equipped gym.

          5. Zynga: Fun, Fun, Fun

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            Another creative, forward-thinking office space is that of mobile gaming company Zynga. This impressive office also features airy, open rooms, a game room, and kitchen. Not only that, this office goes the extra mile to make sure employees are having fun by including several full-size arcade games.

            6. Facebook: Social Space

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              Facebook is notorious for its unconventional approach to working hours and environments. What most people don’t know, however, is that Facebook also extends this mentality to their impressively artistic, modern office. Not only does this office encourage workers to socialize, it also offers plenty of outdoor workspace, as well as a large kitchen.

              7. Airbnb: Minimalist Heaven

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                Another minimalist office is this one for Airbnb. Large, open offices make a space where you feel uninhibited, but it also makes a huge effort to be welcoming. To achieve this the office emphasizes art, as well as tonnes of comfortable chairs and couches. Finally, this dream workplace includes a fully stocked kitchen.

                8. Nokia: Jaw-dropping Design

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                  Another impressively modern space is Nokia’s head office. This office also refuses to skimp on design, with each area assigned a different primary color. This innovative design is added to modern spaces, including a large game room for workers.

                  9. Lego: Play to Work

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                    Another dream workplace designed to boost employee morale and creativity is the Lego office in Denmark. The layout encourages employees to work together, plus many spaces include building areas where you can tinker with Legos while you work. Lego-themed art and games are standard, and this office also includes an indoor slide. Who knew working for Lego would be as cool as your six-year-old self thought?

                    10. White Mountain Office: Cave of Inspiration

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                      This impressive office for White Mountain brings to mind images of a super villain’s lair. This office takes hints from nature, and gives the appearance of indoor caves throughout. The beautiful rock walls and ceilings give way to an indoor hanging garden, making this office truly one of a kind.

                      11. Inventionland Design Factory: Pirate Cove

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                        The expressive offices at Inventionland Design Factory are every childhood dream come true. This distinctive workspace is designed to look like a treehouse next to a pond, giving workers an open, inspiring space to work in. Not only that, but next door to the treehouse is a replica pirate ship, complete with cannons and sails.

                        12. Autodesk: Eclectically Modern

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                          The exclusive office of mobile developer Autodesk is another dream workplace you would love to see every day. This building mimics a machine shop, bringing the creativity and freedom of weekend projects to work. This mix of free creativity and modern office spaces surely improves employee thinking.

                          13. AOL: Relaxation Headquarters

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                            While AOL has seen huge changes to its company in the last ten years, they’ve recently tried to move forward by purchasing websites like The Huffington Post and TechCrunch. Not to be outdone, this company also relies on its massively creative office space to inspire employees. The building features bright colors, large relaxation areas, game rooms complete with pool tables and, of course, large kitchens.

                            14. Selgas Cano Architecture Office: Outdoor Creativity

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                              This dream workplace puts employees in an incredible forest atmosphere. A primarily clear building, this office allows workers to feel uninhibited and open. Additionally, the obvious emphasis on thinking outside the box and nature are sure to inform employees’ work.

                              15. YouTube: Segways and Swimming

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                                Recently acquired by Google, YouTube received a brand-new office after merging with the tech giant. Another office featuring sizable, open floor plans, this office also includes free Segway riding, gaming, an indoor putting green, space for gym activities, and even a swimming pool. No tech office is complete without a kitchen either, as this office aspires to be a relaxing and fun place for employees.

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                                How to Set Ambitious Career Goals (With Examples)

                                How to Set Ambitious Career Goals (With Examples)

                                Taking your work to the next level means setting and keeping career goals. A career goal is a targeted objective that explains what you want your ultimate profession to be.

                                Defining career goals is a critical step to achieving success. You need to know where you’re going in order to get there. Knowing what your career goals are isn’t just important for you–it’s important for potential employers too. The relationship between an employer and an employee works best when your goals for the future and their goals align. Saying, “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll do anything,” makes you seem indecisive, and opens you up to taking on ill-fitting tasks that won’t lead you to your dream life.

                                Career goal templates’ one-size-fits-all approach won’t consider your unique goals and experiences. They won’t help you stand out, and they may not reflect your full potential.

                                In this article, I’ll help you to define your career goals with SMART goal framework, and will provide you with a list of examples goals for work and career.

                                How to Define Your Career Goal with SMART

                                Instead of relying on a generalized framework to explain your vision, use a tried-and-true goal-setting model. SMART is an acronym for “Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic with Timelines.”[1] The SMART framework demystifies goals by breaking them into smaller steps.

                                Helpful hints when setting SMART career goals:

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                                • Start with short-term goals first. Work on your short-term goals, and then progress the long-term interests.[2] Short-term goals are those things which take 1-3 years to complete. Long-term goals take 3-5 years to do. As you succeed in your short-term goals, that success should feed into accomplishing your long-term goals.
                                • Be specific, but don’t overdo it. You need to define your career goals, but if you make them too specific, then they become unattainable. Instead of saying, “I want to be the next CEO of Apple, where I’ll create a billion-dollar product,” try something like, “My goal is to be the CEO of a successful company.”
                                • Get clear on how you’re going to reach your goals. You should be able to explain the actions you’ll take to advance your career. If you can’t explain the steps, then you need to break your goal down into more manageable chunks.
                                • Don’t be self-centered. Your work should not only help you advance, but it should also support the goals of your employer. If your goals differ too much, then it might be a sign that the job you’ve taken isn’t a good fit.

                                If you want to learn more about setting SMART Goals, watch the video below to learn how you can set SMART career goals.

                                After you’re clear on how to set SMART goals, you can use this framework to tackle other aspects of your work. For instance, you might set SMART goals to improve your performance review, look for a new job, or shift your focus to a different career.

                                We’ll cover examples of ways to use SMART goals to meet short-term career goals in the next section.

                                Why You Need an Individual Development Plan

                                Setting goals is one part of the larger formula for success. You may know what you want to do, but you also have to figure out what skills you have, what you lack, and where your greatest strengths and weaknesses are.

                                One of the best ways to understand your capabilities is by using the Science Careers Individual Development Plan skills assessment. It’s free, and all you need to do is register an account and take a few assessments.

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                                These assessments will help you determine if your career goals are realistic. You’ll come away with a better understanding of your unique talents and skill-sets. You may decide to change some of your career goals or alter your timeline based on what you learn.

                                40 Examples of Goals for Work & Career

                                All this talk of goal-setting and self-assessment may sound great in theory, but perhaps you need some inspiration to figure out what your goals should be.

                                For Changing a Job

                                1. Attend more networking events and make new contacts.
                                2. Achieve a promotion to __________ position.
                                3. Get a raise.
                                4. Plan and take a vacation this year.
                                5. Agree to take on new responsibilities.
                                6. Develop meaningful relationships with your coworkers and clients.
                                7. Ask for feedback on a regular basis.
                                8. Learn how to say, “No,” when you are asked to take on too much.
                                9. Delegate tasks that you no longer need to be responsible for.
                                10. Strive to be in a leadership role in __ number of years.

                                For Switching Career Path

                                1. Pick up and learn a new skill.
                                2. Find a mentor.
                                3. Become a volunteer in the field that interests you.
                                4. Commit to getting training or going back to school.
                                5. Read the most recent books related to your field.
                                6. Decide whether you are happy with your work-life balance and make changes if necessary. [3]
                                7. Plan what steps you need to take to change careers.[4]
                                8. Compile a list of people who could be character references or submit recommendations.
                                9. Commit to making __ number of new contacts in the field this year.
                                10. Create a financial plan.

                                For Getting a Promotion

                                1. Reduce business expenses by a certain percentage.
                                2. Stop micromanaging your team members.
                                3. Become a mentor.
                                4. Brainstorm ways that you could improve your productivity and efficiency at work
                                5. Seek a new training opportunity to address a weakness.[5]
                                6. Find a way to organize your work space.[6]
                                7. Seek feedback from a boss or trusted coworker every week/ month/ quarter.
                                8. Become a better communicator.
                                9. Find new ways to be a team player.
                                10. Learn how to reduce work hours without compromising productivity.

                                For Acing a Job Interview

                                1. Identify personal boundaries at work and know what you should do to make your day more productive and manageable.
                                2. Identify steps to create a professional image for yourself.
                                3. Go after the career of your dreams to find work that does not feel like a job.
                                4. Look for a place to pursue your interest and apply your knowledge and skills.
                                5. Find a new way to collaborate with experts in your field.
                                6. Identify opportunities to observe others working in the career you want.
                                7. Become more creative and break out of your comfort zone.
                                8. Ask to be trained more relevant skills for your work.
                                9. Ask for opportunities to explore the field and widen your horizon
                                10. Set your eye on a specific award at work and go for it.

                                Career Goal Setting FAQs

                                I’m sure you still have some questions about setting your own career goals, so here I’m listing out the most commonly asked questions about career goals.

                                1. What if I’m not sure what I want my career to be?

                                If you’re uncertain, be honest about it. Let the employer know as much as you know about what you want to do. Express your willingness to use your strengths to contribute to the company. When you take this approach, back up your claim with some examples.

                                If you’re not even sure where to begin with your career, check out this guide:

                                How to Find Your Ideal Career Path Without Wasting Time on Jobs Not Suitable for You

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                                2. Is it okay to lie about my career goals?

                                Lying to potential employers is bound to end in disaster. In the interview, a lie can make you look foolish because you won’t know how to answer follow up questions.

                                Even if you think your career goal may not precisely align with the employer’s expectations for a long-term hire, be open and honest. There’s probably more common ground than they realize, and it’s up to you to bridge any gaps in expectations.

                                Being honest and explaining these connections shows your employer that you’ve put a lot of thought into this application. You aren’t just telling them what they want to hear.

                                3. Is it better to have an ambitious goal, or should I play it safe?

                                You should have a goal that challenges you, but SMART goals are always reasonable. If you put forth a goal that is way beyond your capabilities, you will seem naive. Making your goals too easy shows a lack of motivation.

                                Employers want new hires who are able to self-reflect and are willing to take on challenges.

                                4. Can I have several career goals?

                                It’s best to have one clearly-defined career goal and stick with it. (Of course, you can still have goals in other areas of your life.) Having a single career goal shows that you’re capable of focusing, and it shows that you like to accomplish what you set out to do.

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                                On the other hand, you might have multiple related career goals. This could mean that you have short-term goals that dovetail into your ultimate long-term career goal. You might also have several smaller goals that feed into a single purpose.

                                For example, if you want to become a lawyer, you might become a paralegal and attend law school at the same time. If you want to be a school administrator, you might have initial goals of being a classroom teacher and studying education policy. In both cases, these temporary jobs and the extra education help you reach your ultimate goal.

                                Summary

                                You’ll have to devote some time to setting career goals, but you’ll be so much more successful with some direction. Remember to:

                                • Set SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, and Realistic with Timelines. When you set goals with these things in mind, you are likely to achieve the outcomes you want.
                                • Have short-term and long-term goals. Short-term career goals can be completed in 1-3 years, while long-term goals will take 3-5 years to finish. Your short-term goals should set you up to accomplish your long-term goals.
                                • Assess your capabilities by coming up with an Individual Development Plan. Knowing how to set goals won’t help you if you don’t know yourself. Understand what your strengths and weaknesses are by taking some self-assessments.
                                • Choose goals that are appropriate to your ultimate aims. Your career goals should be relevant to one another. If they aren’t, then you may need to narrow your focus. Your goals should match the type of job that you want and the quality of life that you want to lead.
                                • Be clear about your goals with potential employers. Always be honest with potential employers about what you want to do with your life. If your goals differ from the company’s objectives, find a way bridge the gap between what you want for yourself and what your employer expects.

                                By doing goal-setting work now, you’ll be able to make conscious choices on your career path. You can always adjust your plan if things change for you, but the key is to give yourself a road map for success.

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