Ah, LinkedIn, our favorite “social media” site that we’re actually allowed to freely browse at work. Collecting endorsements, congratulating old colleagues on their new, much better roles, and reading articles from my local branch of the Business Journal are what keep me going on Monday mornings until the coffee kicks in. Okay, so LinkedIn isn’t actually that exciting – that is, unless you work there. LinkedIn’s office in New York got a major makeover, and as I look around my sad, open floorplan, I’ve never been more jealous.
As if having five floors inside the Empire State Building isn’t cool enough, LinkedIn seriously elevated their office game with a trendy new remodel that may just put Instagram’s office to shame. Of course, they’ve followed the trend of utilizing trendy wall art and comfortable seating, but that’s only the beginning.
Oh, your building has a coffee bar? Sorry, you’ve just been outdone. LinkedIn has free, catered breakfasts and lunches every day for their employees, so your boss’s contribution of stopping at Dunkin’ for a dozen to leave in the breakroom just doesn’t hold a candle to what’s going on at LinkedIn.
Not only do their break rooms have pool, foosball, and karaoke, but they also have an office movie theater, where you can watch films or play video games. Seriously, someone help me go back in time and tell me that I needed to learn coding in high school.
Maybe the best part, however, is what looks like an artistic wall full of old-school rotary phones. However, if you’re a LinkedIn employee, you know which phone to pick up to reveal the entrance to – wait for it – a secret Prohibition-style bar in the office. The next time I have to suffer through a work happy hour with two-for-one well margs at Chili’s, you’d better believe I’ll be throwing a fit because now I know what the other side gets.
Now that I’ve made myself sufficiently jealous, I’m going to go back to my sad, gray cubicle, and see if I can make it until five o’clock as usual. I may not have a speakeasy, a specialty chef, or a movie theater in my office, but I can drink my free breakroom coffee, maybe watch an episode of West Wing on Netflix while the office is at lunch, and daydream of my next staycation. Life isn’t as great as LinkedIn, but I can’t say it’s bad either. Now I’ve gotta go get one of those free donuts from the breakroom before all of the old-fashioneds are gone. .
[via Business Insider]