Meet the Startup Taking the Hybrid Office to a New Level

TESS TREGELLAS

TESS TREGELLAS

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Working from home is like olives, it’s a polarizing topic. You either love it or you hate it. Companies like Microsoft, Salesforce and Twitter have announced long term plans to keep people working from home, while others like Apple, Amazon and Google, have come up with a hybrid model. They follow the “3-2 plan.” Employees are in the office three days a week so that they can make small talk about how crazy Covid is in-person, and everyone works from home the other two days of the week. 

Kivo, a startup that helps startups startup, takes the hybrid model to a whole new dimension. They turned their office into a home for their employees. 

“So many of our three employees say they’ve made their home into a great workspace, and we want to be able to make their work space feel like home,” says Tim Kivo, CEO and Head of HR.  

Kivo allows pets, kids, Netflix, PJs all day, and routine snack times. “It’s great, now we can not get work done, but together!” says Steve Kivo, Head of Product, and Tim’s brother, who has been living with Tim throughout the pandemic. 

Kivo makes working in the office feel like home. Check out their daily schedule: 

  • 7:00am – Wake Up Stretch and Scream 
  • 7:30am – Breakfast accompanied by children running around and screaming 
  • 8:03am – Join team meeting, still in PJ’s 
  • 10:00am – Stare blindly into the fridge for 30 minutes  
  • 10:30am – Talk about using the Peloton more
  • 11:00am – Meeting with interruption from spouse asking to fix the TV remote
  • 12:00pm – Pick TV show to watch at lunch 
  • 2:00pm – Lunch 
  • 4:00pm – Start work day 
  • 5:00pm – Finish work day 
  • 6:00pm – Check in call 
  • 7:00pm – Think about using Peloton but pick dinner instead 
  • 8:00pm – Dinner interrupted with thousands of work emails
  • 9:00pm – Watch Netflix and get some work done

Each meeting has a scheduled interruption. Mondays it’s family, Tuesday’s it’s Wifi, Wednesday-Friday it’s not finding the food you wanted in the kitchen and going to the grocery store hungry to try to figure out what you want to eat. 

Some employees question the boundaries of this model. Tim and Steve say the intimacy helps with work-life balance. “People love how intimate it can be. You see your coworkers at their best and their worst. Everyone has stopped crying…in the bathrooms. Now they just do it right on the couch. Once you have a sprint meeting with someone wearing a robe, anything is fair game.” 

This new work from home hybrid gives people who love to work from home the ability to feel at home in the office.

So bring your comfy clothes, your furry friends and let’s work like we’re at home!