By Claire Barham May 16, 2018

For the second year in a row, we've been named one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces, the publication’s annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector. But we're no stranger to recognition by Inc. – N2 has ranked among the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America for eight consecutive years – but we covet this new designation, one focused on our hard-earned culture, above all.

As part of a prominent feature, the Best Workplaces 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 over 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 our stand-out culture despite rapid growth.

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.

"With today's tight labor market, building a great corporate culture is more important than ever,” says Inc. magazine editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The companies on Inc.'s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from."

N2 Publishing's 2019 Best Workplaces Announcement:

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