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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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                                10 Huge Differences Between a Boss And a Leader

                                10 Huge Differences Between a Boss And a Leader

                                When you try to think of a leader at your place of work, you might think of your boss — you know, the supervisor in the tasteful office down the hall.

                                However, bosses are not the only leaders in the office, and not every boss has mastered the art of excellent leadership. Maybe the best leader you know is the co-worker sitting at the desk next to yours who is always willing to loan out her stapler and help you problem solve.

                                You see, a boss’s main priority is to efficiently cross items off of the corporate to-do list, while a true leader both completes tasks and works to empower and motivate the people he or she interacts with on a daily basis.

                                A leader is someone who works to improve things instead of focusing on the negatives. People acknowledge the authority of a boss, but people cherish a true leader.

                                Puzzled about what it takes to be a great leader? Let’s take a look at the difference between a boss and a leader, and why cultivating quality leadership skills is essential for people who really want to make a positive impact.

                                1. Leaders Are Compassionate; Bosses Are Cold

                                It can be easy to equate professionalism with robot-like impersonal behavior. Many bosses stay holed up in their offices and barely ever interact with staff.

                                Even if your schedule is packed, you should always make time to reach out to the people around you. Remember that when you ask someone to share how they are feeling, you should be prepared to be vulnerable and open in your communication as well.

                                Does acting human at the office sound silly? It’s not.

                                A lack of compassion in the office leads to psychological turmoil, whereas positive connection leads to healthier staff.[1]

                                If people feel that you are being open, honest, and compassionate with them, they will feel able to approach your office with what is on their minds, leading to a more productive and stress-free work environment.

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                                2. Leaders Say “We”; Bosses Say “I”

                                Practice developing a team-first mentality when thinking and speaking. In meetings, talk about trying to meet deadlines as a team instead of using accusatory “you” phrases. This makes it clear that you are a part of the team, too, and that you are willing to work hard and support your team members.

                                Let me explain:

                                A “we” mentality shifts the office dynamic from “trying to make the boss happy” to a spirit of teamwork, goal-setting, and accomplishment.

                                A “we” mentality allows for the accountability and community that is essential in the modern-day workplace.

                                3. Leaders Invest in People; Bosses Use People

                                Unfortunately, many office climates involve people using others to get what they want or to climb the corporate ladder. This is another example of the “me first” mentality that is so toxic in both office environments and personal relationships.

                                Instead of using others or focusing on your needs, think about how you can help other people grow.

                                Use your building blocks of compassion and team-mentality to stay attuned to the needs of others and note the areas in which you can help them develop. A great leader wants to see his or her people flourish.

                                Make a list of ways you can invest in your team members to help them develop personally and professionally, and then take action!

                                4. People Respect Leaders; People Fear Bosses

                                Earning respect from everyone on your team will take time and commitment, but the rewards are worth every ounce of effort.

                                A boss who is a poor leader may try to control the office through fear and bully-like behavior. Employees who are petrified about their performance or who feel overwhelmed and stressed by unfair deadlines are probably working for a boss who uses a fear system instead of a respect system.

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                                What’s the bottom line?

                                Work to build respect among your team by treating everyone with fairness and kindness. Maintain a positive tone and stay reliable for those who approach you for help.

                                5. Leaders Give Credit Where It’s Due; Bosses Only Take Credit

                                Looking for specific ways to gain respect from your colleagues and employees? There is no better place to start than with the simple act of giving credit where it is due.

                                Don’t be tempted to take credit for things you didn’t do, and always go above and beyond to generously acknowledge those who worked on a project and performed well.

                                You might be wondering how you can get started:

                                • Begin by simply noticing which team member contributes what during your next project at work.
                                • If possible, make mental notes. Remember that these notes should not be about ways in which team members are failing, but about ways in which they are excelling.
                                • Depending on your leadership style, let people know how well they are doing either in private one-on-one meetings or in a group setting. Be honest and generous in your communication about a person’s performance.

                                6. Leaders See Delegation as Their Best Friend; Bosses See It as an Enemy

                                If delegation is a leader’s best friend, then micromanagement is the enemy.

                                Delegation equates to trust, and micromanagement equates to distrust. Nothing is more frustrating for an employee than feeling that his or her every movement is being critically observed.

                                Encourage trust in your office by delegating important tasks and acknowledging that your people are capable, smart individuals who can succeed!

                                Delegation is a great way to cash in on the positive benefits of a psychological phenomenon called the self-fulfilling prophecy. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, a person’s expectations of another person can cause the expectations to be fulfilled.[2]

                                In other words, if you truly believe that your team member can handle a project or task, he or she is more likely to deliver.

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                                You can learn more about how to delegate in my other article: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders).

                                7. Leaders Work Hard; Bosses Let Others Do the Work

                                Delegation is not an excuse to get out of hard work. Instead of telling people to go accomplish the hardest work alone, make it clear that you are willing to pitch in and help with the most difficult tasks when the need arises.

                                Here’s the deal:

                                Showing others that you work hard sets the tone for your whole team and will spur them on to greatness.

                                The next time you catch yourself telling someone to “go,” a.k.a accomplish a difficult task alone, change your phrasing to “let’s go,” showing that you are totally willing to help and support them.

                                8. Leaders Think Long-Term; Bosses Think Short-Term

                                A leader who only utilizes short-term thinking is someone who cannot be prepared or organized for the future. Your colleagues or staff members need to know that they can trust you to have a handle on things not just this week, but next month or even next year.

                                Display your long-term thinking skills in group talks and meetings by sharing long-term hopes or concerns. Create plans for possible scenarios and be prepared for emergencies.

                                For example, if you know that you are losing someone on your team in a few months, be prepared to share a clear plan of how you and the remaining team members can best handle the change and workload until someone new is hired.

                                9. Leaders Are Like Colleagues; Bosses Are Just Bosses

                                Another word for a colleague is a collaborator. Make sure your team knows that you are “one of them” and that you want to collaborate or work side by side.

                                Not getting involved in the going ons of the office is a mistake because you will miss out on development and connection opportunities.

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                                As our regular readers know, I love to remind people of the importance of building routines into each day. Create a routine that encourages you to leave your isolated office and collaborate with others. Spark healthy habits that benefit both you and your co-workers.

                                10. Leaders Put People First; Bosses Put Results First

                                Bosses without crucial leadership training may focus on process and results instead of people. They may stick to a pre-set systems playbook, even when employees voice new ideas or concerns.

                                Ignoring people’s opinions for the sake of company tradition like this is never truly beneficial to an organization.

                                Here’s what I mean by process over people:

                                Some organizations focus on proper structures or systems as their greatest assets instead of people. I believe that people lend real value to an organization, and that focusing on the development of people is a key ingredient for success in leadership.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Learning to be a leader is an ongoing adventure.

                                This list of differences makes it clear that, unlike an ordinary boss, a leader is able to be compassionate, inclusive, generous, and hard-working for the good of the team.

                                Instead of being a stereotypical scary or micromanaging-obsessed boss, a quality leader is able to establish an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.

                                Whether you are new to your work environment or a seasoned administrator, these leadership traits will help you get a jump start so that you can excel as a leader and positively impact the people around you.

                                For more inspiration and guidance, you can even start keeping tabs on some of the world’s top leadership experts. With an adventurous and positive attitude, anyone can learn good leadership.

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