Finding a job you love encompasses far more than a great salary and job title. Given that we spend a third of our life at work, there's no doubt that a good office environment and strong company culture have serious sway among job hunters. So if you're on the lookout for your next big career opportunity, where should you set your sights?
Inc. has scoured workplaces around the world to create a shortlist of the coolest offices in 2016. If you thought Man Repeller's newly redecorated digs or Airbnb's nature-filled Tokyo office was insane, you're about to be floored. The companies featured on Inc.'s list include indoor basketball courts, arcade game rooms, and creativity labs where employees can take a break from their computers and try their hands at DIY projects. Ready your résumé—these enviable offices will make you want to switch jobs stat.
You'd expect architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler to have a well-planned office, but the company's East Bay branch is a cut above. The theme is flexibility, with standing workstations, moveable glass walls dividing conference rooms, and drapes to transform the space. The office also boasts a 360-degree view of San Francisco's skyline. Not bad.
Etsy's new office in DUMBO is the ultimate hub for creative workers. The space is filled with colorful artworks handmade by Etsy's 500 staff members, there's a DIY lab with a 3D printer, and the rooftop boasts a bar, garden, and breathtaking views of Manhattan.
Uniplaces, a student housing market startup in Lisbon, Portugal, is situated in a historic railway station. In addition to green walls and hidden library nooks, the office also has huge nets suspended above workstations, creating a massive hammock where staff can kick back and relax.
Business software startup Gem is situated steps away from Venice Beach's boardwalk. Recently redesigned by Homepolish, the office features a modern fireplace and huge leather-clad swinging doors. Gem founder and CEO Micah Winkelspecht sits where a receptionist normally would so that he's the first and last person guests and employees see.
Japanese digital agency AKQA has a tree-lined courtyard and is flooded with lights, disguising the fact that it's partially underground. Work and play zones intersect, with a moveable basketball net positioned next to communal desks.