The atmosphere at Quirky is high pressure. Every day, we push the absolute limits—doodling, breaking, building, shipping, prettying, counting, labeling, collaborating, coding to make invention accessible. The result is astonishing: three new products, every single week. As you can imagine, though, this leaves us with little time to breathe.
Every good machine needs time to get tuned up/re-calibrated.
Enter, our (experimental) way of working:
From time to time, Quirky shuts down its "machine" for a full week. A Blackout, if you will.
During Blackout, our team is encouraged to explore other interests. For some, it’s a time to clean our apartment, see the dentist, or buy a new pair of kicks. For others, it’s a time to explore an unfamiliar country or finally finish that creative side project. It’s a time to relax simultaneously, reflect on past successes and failures, and prepare mentally for the work ahead. It’s a time to get our heads back in the game.
At Quirky, we know that amazing things happen in the most unconventional of ways, a mentality that led us to build this company in the first place. Our thesis is that Blackout will lead to stronger output, more beautiful products, and a healthier team.
Should you need us during Blackout, our customer service team will be available Mon-Fri from 7am-1am and Sat-Sun from 9am-9pm at firstname.lastname@example.org and 1-866-5QUIRKY. You didn’t really think we’d leave you hanging, did you?