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Where Facebook Makes the Magic Happen

It’s not just a place to update your latest thought, it’s a pretty cool place to work.

Tracy Lee Nicol

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Facebook isn’t just a place where hours of time are spent updating your status or promoting your business. Behind the marvelous social platform, a whole lot of work is being done. And to keep Facebook ahead of the pack, it’s got cool offices that make its employees want to hang around at work.

Taking one of their most popular features literally, Facebook has its own wall.

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There’s no such thing as drab, soul-sucking cubical farms. The company encourages social interaction and here, one office has been decked out with a Super Mario theme.

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When things get tense and staff go a bit square-eyed from staring at their screens, there’s a dedicated band room for blowing off steam.

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We know programmers operate on different wave-lengths to the rest of us. And Facebook’s offices are dotted with things that can only be interpreted as inside jokes.

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Understanding that getting things to market and then refining is key to staying ahead of the pack, Facebook’s wall art reminds workers that done is better than perfect.

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And we all know sugar is the key to getting things done. An on-tap supply of sweeties and soda.

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But when getting things done gets too much and music won’t cut it, wall art becomes functional.

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Here’s where all your status updates go. Tens of thousands of servers in Facebook’s California data centre.

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Source: http://izismile.com/2010/12/23/inside_facebook_offices_46_pics.html#pic3

Tracy-Lee Nicol is an experienced business writer and magazine editor. She was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from Rhodes university in 2010, and in the time since has honed her business acumen and writing skills profiling some of South Africa's most successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, franchisees and franchisors.Find her on Google+.

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6 Companies With Amazing Office Layouts To Inspire Your Office Redesign

Wide open spaces, a petting zoo, a napping space? What will it take to make your employees stay forever?

Anna Johansson

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Creating the perfect office environment is a major challenge for new and experienced entrepreneurs alike. Your workplace environment affects the morale of every member of your team, including you, and is responsible for forming that important first impression of every prospective client who walks in the door.

But rather than sit and speculate about how to make your office better, why not look to some great examples of companies that have already mastered it?

Key principles

Throughout the following examples, you’ll see the following principles in action:

  • Adherence to brand values and personality. First, every office seems to “fit” with the overall culture and personality of the brand offering it. This provides the groundwork for better team cohesion and establishes a more powerful identity for the company.
  • Sensory experiences. There are interesting sights, sounds and even pleasant smells, making each office seem both unique and welcoming. Small environmental changes here can make a big difference.
  • Comfort and convenience. Finally, most of these office designs aim to make life more comfortable and convenient for these businesses’ employees. Comfort and convenience lead to higher employee retention and better on-the-job performance.

Now let’s dig into six companies whose offices make work more appealing to everyone involved:

  1. Google
  2. Carbon Black
  3. Nokia
  4. HomeAdvisor
  5. Moz
  6. Domino’s Pizza
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10 Examples Of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Looking to boost employee retention and happiness at your business? Follow in the footsteps of these 10 companies.

Sujan Patel

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Having great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider it as much as they consider salary and benefits. In fact, fantastic company culture is almost expected along with other traditional benefits.

While the culture that works for one company might not work for another, you can learn a lot from companies who are doing it right, and get started on company culture hacks of your own.

  1. Zappos
  2. Warby Parker
  3. Southwest Airlines
  4. Twitter
  5. Chevron
  6. SquareSpace
  7. Google
  8. REI
  9. Facebook
  10. Adobe
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(Slideshow) Bizarre Buildings

From a germ-free building to one built in a bomb shelter, we take a look at some of the strangest yet functional buildings around the world.

Alison Job

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The-Bubble-Building-Cool Offices-Cool BusinessThe Bubble Building. This inflatable, antibacterial building was designed to keep out germs in the Shanghai city centre. While it may resemble a giant jumping castle, if built it will provide an ultra-clean office space.

The building could be created using inflatables made of white antibacterial nylon that are placed around the exterior of an ordinary office building.

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