What cutting the year from 52 weeks to 48 weeks means for morale, production, and how we think about work.

When we first read about Quirky’s new Blackout policy, a complete operational shutdown for the 1st week of each quarter, we were admittedly more than a little intrigued. We have written about Quirky previously here and here, as well as being featured in PSFK Labs‘ Future of Work report. The policy sounded great for office morale- but what about production? Would working only 48 weeks of the year hurt the business and external relationships? We spoke to Nikki Kaufman, head of People and Culture at Quirky, about the innovative schedule, learning that the Blackout was just one small aspect of Quirky’s unconventional and forward-thinking approach that is redefining traditional norms of how we work:

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