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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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                                20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

                                20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

                                There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

                                What Is a Vision Statement?

                                A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

                                A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

                                If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

                                You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

                                The Importance of a Vision Statement

                                Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

                                If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

                                The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

                                Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

                                How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

                                1. Dream big and use clear language

                                An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

                                • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
                                • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
                                • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
                                • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
                                • Use clear and concise language.
                                • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

                                There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

                                2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

                                Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

                                Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

                                1. Disney

                                To make people happy.

                                2. Oxfam

                                A just world without poverty.

                                3. Ikea

                                To create a better every day life for the many people.

                                Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

                                4. Microsoft

                                Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

                                  5. Nike

                                  Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

                                    Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

                                    6. Ford

                                    People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

                                    7. Avon

                                    To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

                                    Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

                                    8. Honda – in 1970

                                    We will destroy Yamaha.

                                    9. Nike – in 1960s

                                    Crush Adidas.

                                      10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

                                      Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

                                      Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

                                      11. Stanford University – in the past

                                      To become the Harvard of the West.

                                      12. Reach for Success – in the past

                                      To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

                                      Internal Transformations vision statements:

                                      13. Apple

                                      To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

                                      14. Giro Sport Design

                                      To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

                                      15. Tesla

                                      To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

                                      16. Sony

                                      To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

                                      17. Facebook

                                      To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

                                        Longer and more detailed vision statement:

                                        18. Walmart

                                        To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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                                        19. Coca Cola

                                        To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

                                        Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

                                        People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

                                        Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

                                        Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

                                        Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

                                          20. Heinz

                                          Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

                                          Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

                                          Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

                                          Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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