Quirky is a high pressure atmosphere. We push the absolute limits of every day we have. Doodling, Breaking, Building, Shipping, Prettying, Counting, Labeling, Collaborating, Coding & Inventing. The result of our way of working is astonishing. Three products, every single week. After each, there is another. In the machine of Making Invention Accessible, we leave no time for catching our breath.
Every good machine needs time to get tuned up/re-calibrated. Enter: Our (Experimental) New Way Of Working:
Quirky will shut down it's entire "machine" for 4 weeks every year. Instead of running for 52, it will run for 48. This is a full, mandatory shutdown of all internal activities. A blackout, if you will.
Our team is encouraged to explore other creative interests. It's time for us to get our head back into the game. For some of us, it will be time to clean our apartments, see the dentist, and buy a new pair of kicks. For all of us it will serve as a time where we can all relax simultaneously and know that there is nothing to worry about. Time for us to reflect on the successes and failures of the prior quarter, and prepare mentally for the one to come.
At Quirky we strongly believe in judging output, and not input. We think that absolutely amazing things can happen in the most unconventional of ways– this mentality is what has led us to build this company in the first place.
We are very interested to see how this works. Our thesis is centered around the fact that this will lead to better work, more beautiful products, and an emotionally balanced team.
Happy Breath Taking.