If you’re like most people in America, at the office isn’t where you want to spend most of your time. However, most offices aren’t like the ones on this list. Some employers are realizing that their employees tend to work more efficiently when they’re happy in their workplace, and they’re taking happiness to extremes. So without further adieu, here’s a list of five of the coolest places to work around the country. Warning: workplace jealousy lies ahead.
Needless to say, Google has the resources to give their employees the top of the line. It snagged the top spot on the Fortune 100 list of best workplaces in the country for the sixth year in a row this year. According to the articles, they use their genius in analytics in-house to keep employees happy by citing problems and implementing solutions to them. With an onsite fitness center and medical center, they clearly want their employees healthy and happy. That’s not even mentioning the two swimming pools, onsite free laundry, and sand volleyball which employees utilize on their sprawling campus called the Googleplex. The perks are almost as endless as the google searches they see every day which pop up live in their lobby.
Known for their fresh produce and recently in the market for their big buy out by Amazon, Whole Foods can also boast an awesome environment for employees. Their Austin, TX headquarters has an onsite gym and medical facility, and certain locations offer yoga, massage therapy, and language classes to employees. Along with what we can only guess is a steep discount on groceries, these perks are almost guaranteed to make happy employees.
This financial services and insurance company actually installed a ferris wheel in their office! They did it for two reasons. First, the “charity wheel” is super fun and employees love it. Second, employees pay to play, but all the money goes to local charities which they vote on, hence the name “charity wheel.” Between that, the rock climbing wall, and the laid back dress code, Acuity is certainly breaking the stereotype that insurance agents aren’t fun!
Navy Federal Credit Union
The Florida-based campus of Navy Federal Credit Union could be lived in if you brought your own bunk. Food trucks, convenience stores, dry cleaners, a mobile hair salon, and an onsite fitness center are available at differing locations. They get to give back to soldiers by way of a company which gives back to them. There’s nothing not to love here.
St Jude’s Hospital
Hospital workers have it rough. There’s always too much to do and never enough time. However, workers at St. Jude’s not only give some of the best pediatric care in the world, but they do so on a pretty cool campus. Ranked number 6 on best places to work in healthcare by Great Place to Work, employees enjoy monthly outdoor concerts on their campus from May to October, complete with souvenir t-shirts and food trucks. Different departments face off in their annual kickball league, and, most importantly, they have an open policy for sharing ideas. At the end of the day, the work is about helping kids and being happy, and there’s little that could be better than that.