We have picked our winning team, now we need to make sure it remains healthy. In addition to having a proper recruiting process, there are many ways to ensure that your company can grow sustainably.
At Kolibri Games, we work in a silent office, fully focused, for eight hours a day. The rest of the day is reserved for leisure. We don’t crunch and no one works on the weekend. We all work in one big room, from intern to CEO — without barriers that could separate us into different groups. We use internal chats, our lobby, and meeting rooms for communication. If I need to brainstorm with a colleague, instead of starting a discussion in the office that would disturb others, I shoot them a message and reserve a room for us.
(Want to know more about our silent office, the Mainland? Click here)
Kolibri Games is structured much like a lot of mobile game companies: we have one dedicated team for each of our games, and other departments that serve the entire company, like Community Management or Marketing.
We knew that as soon as we split up teams to focus on different projects, we were running the risk of creating isolated bubbles: After a while, people start optimizing processes to meet their own goals and lose sight of the bigger picture. Different teams can even start viewing each other as competition, which is incredibly harmful.
We prevent these bubbles from forming, or burst them early on!
At work, we make sure that teams continue to exchange ideas, collaborate and share solutions they have found. We continuously hold joint events, presentations and meetings that involve all of our employees, and allow them to share what they are working on. Outside of work, we organize parties, dinners, sports and other events — even holidays with the entire team -to ensure that Kolibris are not just a bunch of people working for the same company, but a big group of friends.
Reaching goals the right way
We want to be the best in our genre and we want idle games to be as big as Match 3. What we don’t want, is to lose track of who we are and what got us here, in trying to reach our goals as quickly as possible.
We want to build an extensive portfolio of idle games, but in a sustainable way.
Instead of carelessly fuelling rapid growth and riding on the current wave of success with dollar signs in our eyes, we are building a company that can withstand whatever challenge comes our way, and will be around for a lot more time — we owe that to our team and to our players.
We will keep on expanding and start forming a new team for our third game next year, and while finding the right people to add to your team sometimes feels like looking for the needle in a haystack, patience pays off! Only by growing sustainably can we ensure that our growth will not compromise our values and our culture.