Our story is the Kin story.
In early 2012, our team at We Are Mammoth needed to grow. We needed coders, designers, and an administrative team to support both. So we got busy meeting, interviewing, selecting, and onboarding folks for the next ten months. Unfortunately, our hiring process was pretty unrefined. In order to make the most of the talented people joining our team, we needed to create an excellent onboarding experience to get new folks briefed and wired into the team.
We set some goals: every new team member walks in on day one with paperwork submitted, handbook read, upcoming projects understood, and a good start on getting to know their teammates. Additionally, we’d already have them set up with a computer, phone, and network access, and their payroll and benefit elections would be ready to go.
We did a pretty damn good job. With few exceptions, our new team members were hooked up, wired in, and productive in a matter of hours. It was great for the new hire’s morale, and it was awesome for our team’s productivity. Compared with other companies where we’d worked, where it sometimes took days just to get set up with an email address, we felt pretty good about our improvements.
The Original Kin: Starting Point
One of the major cornerstones of that initial onboarding experience was a one-page, personalized website we built for each employee called “Starting Point.” It contained email addresses, phone numbers, short bios of the team, links to our tools, and other quick facts like good places for lunch in the neighborhood. New hires received the site a week before their first day. They started their new jobs with a sense of familiarity rather than isolation, which is always crucial for both sides in those early days.
As great as Starting Point was, there was plenty more that could be done, which we discovered was a perfect fit for a web app. Digitizing contracts, assigning tasks to the support team, and managing paid time off are all facets of managing a staff that are all too often neglected.
Helping Every Company Hire & Manage Better
That’s when Kin was born. Kin’s a web application that helps small companies do a better job hiring, onboarding, and managing a team. We wanted to keep it super simple, so there’s nothing to install. It’s a fraction of the cost of big, enterprise HR systems, and it’s a heck of a lot easier to use.
In the corporate HR world, Kin would be called a “human resources management system”, or HRMS for short. We call it a digital snapshot of your workplace. We figured, why let the big corporations have all the fancy tools? Kin focuses on fewer, but better features that help small shops get a leg up on the hiring and retention aspects of their workplace.
We’re excited to share Kin with the world.
After 10 months and countless hours, we’re excited to have manifested the simple successes we had at We Are Mammoth into a tool any company can use to manage their team more efficiently. Kin encourages transparency, communication, and the golden-chalice of the HR world, self-service. If you’re not an HR buff, that means employees can take care of themselves. Perfect.
Kin’s first generation has an onboarding page customizable for each new employee. It has an employee directory, job descriptions, and a task management system. It has a secure file workflow and storage, as well as a no-hassle feature to manage paid time off. Over time we’ll be building new features like compensation statements, payroll integration, and more. Our team is pumped and eager to help you and your team build a better workplace together.