It's got to be Obvious.
Obvious is an award-winning digital product consultancy that’s built pioneering products for Wikipedia, GoJek, Dunzo, Swiggy, Myntra, Simple and other name-brand organisations in India and South-East Asia. Obvious X is the high-autonomy arm of the venture that builds prolific products in-house and ready for the bigger world. Pause is the first of many people-centric and self-sustaining products that X will build.
The Pause team
What's the best way to build a powerful product?
Solve a problem that you know intimately.
We are avid software users but when it came to leave management tools, we noticed cracks that went beyond the typical cold and predatory approaches of HR software:
Clunky processes were neither easy nor quick to use
Typical HR tools put numbers before team happiness
Information gaps led to shoddy team capacity planning
Feature bloat led to complexity & unaffordable pricing
It turns out there were many others in the same boat!
With no solution that was empathetic or fun to use — we built one to:
Enable teams to plan ahead, together
Pause shifts the pressure of planning from individuals and teams onto strong time-off management systems.
Empower employees through transparency
The least powerful actor—the employee—is the most penalised by unclear and complicated systems. Pause is transparent by default.
Recharge in time to prevent burnout
Typical workplace culture characterises breaks as “lazy” and burnout as “a rite of passage”. But we know too well that burnout can destroy teams.
No new tools to learn
Switching context becomes that much harder when you have to switch tools, too. By syncing with tools that teams already use, it expands their scope.