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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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                                Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                                Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                                Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

                                I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

                                How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

                                Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

                                So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

                                1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

                                Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

                                For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

                                Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

                                “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

                                2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

                                These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

                                This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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                                But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

                                Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

                                For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

                                There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

                                3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

                                It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

                                Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

                                4. Use Your Phone Wisely

                                Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

                                If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

                                5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

                                If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

                                In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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                                One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

                                6. Use a “To Don’t” List

                                We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

                                But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

                                Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

                                7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

                                When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

                                Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

                                “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

                                And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

                                8. Be Concise

                                Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

                                One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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                                Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

                                • Making new contacts
                                • Talking about yourself at a job interview
                                • Meeting people at conferences or parties
                                • Phone calls to new clients

                                9. Ask the Right Questions

                                “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

                                How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

                                When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

                                Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

                                Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

                                10. Learn as Much as You Can

                                You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

                                Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

                                “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

                                11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

                                No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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                                If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

                                What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

                                Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

                                12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

                                As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

                                But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

                                The Bottom Line

                                The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

                                Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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