Congratulations to the MAKO Design team, the leading industrial design agency in North America! We just won the inaugural Exceptional Workplace Award presented by The Startup Weekly. They are an online publisher of news, insights, and awards for business builders. It’s been an incredibly difficult year for us and many other businesses due to the challenges of the pandemic. As a company dedicated to small businesses and startups, we understand exactly how difficult the last year was. Specifically, the necessary steps businesses took to slow the spread of COVID-19. We’ve had to adapt and pivot to find ways to survive and grow in these uncertain times. It’s why our industrial design agency is honored to have received this award. In times like these, it’s less about the bottom line and more about putting employees above all else.
Winning The Startup Weekly Exceptional Workplace Award
Whether it’s for our clients or employees, we try to find improvement opportunities in everything we do. It’s how we continuously improve our work environment and client experiences. This mindset comes from the top down. “At our design agency, employees leverage channels that we’ve provided to voice innovations and improvement opportunities freely,” says Kevin Mako, President and Founder of MAKO Design + Invent. “In turn, that has allowed us to grow stronger as a team despite working in a remote environment.”
This pandemic has brought to light how incredibly important it is to have a work-life balance. In fact, for many employees, it’s been an eye-opener how companies treat and define “work-life balance” so differently. If you’ve been following our blogs or social media, you know we implement a number of things to keep morale high at the leading industrial design agency MAKO Design + Invent. While it’s nice to relax during our informal Tuesday meetings, unwind during Beer O’Clock on Fridays, or mid-month virtual games, this is just the beginning. Because at MAKO, we’ve only been able to introduce these great ideas because of our employees. It’s their dedication to the team and open communication with the leadership group that pushes us and makes us better.
We can’t wait to see what the future has in store.
About The Startup Weekly
The Startup Weekly is a leading independent source of news, insights, interviews, and awards for business builders across all sectors of the economy. The company’s media contributors include founders, business executives, investors, and other thought leaders. The Startup Weekly is committed to establishing a community for those pursuing entrepreneurial distinction.
“This year’s award recipients have gone above and beyond to drive workplace satisfaction and excellence. The judging panel was thoroughly impressed with all the awardees,” said Peter Justin, Managing Editor of The Startup Weekly.
To participate in this award, employees complete a survey to measure their satisfaction with respect to their workplace. Specifically, employees answer questions related to their workload, relationships with their peers and supervisors, opportunities for learning, growth and career development, and various other categories. In addition, The Startup Weekly takes into consideration businesses, like our industrial design agency, that takes risks, redefine the status quo, create jobs, and fuel innovation. Along with the survey results, The Startup Weekly evaluates companies based on online and offline reviews, and industry recognition.
About Us: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to small businesses, startups, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry’s leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Feel free to Contact Us anytime for help with your project.