INC-REDIBLE: N2 PUBLISHING RANKED AMONG INC.’S THIRD ANNUAL BEST WORKPLACES LIST

By Claire Barham May 31, 2018

Known for its genuine, top-notch company culture and unique team member perks, N2 Publishing has been named one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces of 2018, the publication’s third annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. The print media powerhouse is no stranger to recognition by Inc. – N2 has ranked among the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America for seven consecutive years – but covets this new designation, one focused on its hard-earned culture, above all.

Hitting newsstands in the June 2018 issue, and as part of a prominent inc.com feature, the award is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just under 300 winning companies, and N2 Publishing earned a spot.

Built in partnership with team member engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent – a focus of N2 Publishing that has allowed for its stand-out culture despite rapid growth, according to N2 leaders.

What does it take to become a company that people want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes them all work together.

“Our focus is on creating meaningful opportunities for people to work with team members they actually like, doing something they actually enjoy,” said Duane Hixon, CEO of N2 Publishing. “We’ve learned that a big part of keeping our team happy is maintaining N2’s laid-back culture and continuing to add people to the team who are hard-working but humble.”

While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:

  •  Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
  • Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad – be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
  • When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.

“By including an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves.” says James Ledbetter, Inc. editor-in-chief.

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