N2 Publishing Recognized As One of Nation’s ‘Best and Brightest’ Companies

By Sara Ballhaussen Jan 11, 2016

Annual competition lauds N2 for human resources and focus on employee happiness

Based on North Carolina’s southern shores, N2 Publishing continues to ride a steady wave of accolades for its treatment of employees. Best and Brightest Companies to Work For – a competition that celebrates businesses with “exceptional” HR practices and “impressive” commitment to employees – recently tapped N2 as an industry leader in this respect.

Publishing more than 800 monthly neighborhood magazines in communities across the United States, N2 regularly focuses on ways to enhance team experience and workplace culture.

“It’s an honor to be among the companies named the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” said Duane Hixon, CEO of N2 Publishing. “We’re proud of what we produce, but, more so, we’re proud of the culture at N2. This is all about our team – we have a great team doing impressive work and having a great time in the process.”

N2 and the other selected businesses were assessed by an independent research firm, which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. They included: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business.

With more than 20 years of experience conducting Best and Brightest Company competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has identified numerous best human resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.

“Nationally recognized award recipients keep innovative human resource initiatives at the forefront of their company culture and make it a priority to consider their workforce as an essential aspect in their company success. Our association is proud to recognize and honor these winning companies for this impressive achievement,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president.

This latest recognition marks one of several this year for N2 Publishing. Other accolades include Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures, Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Honor Roll and Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work.

“We’re a community here in every sense of the word,” said Katherine Daniel, Director of Human Resources at N2. “Every team member brings something to the table in terms of their skill and cultural fit. When your team is founded in that, it’s easy to accomplish amazing things – together.”

About N2 Publishing
Based in Wilmington, N2 Publishing, Inc., was named North Carolina’s fastest-growing media company by Inc. Magazine in 2015. N2 Publishing focuses on “turning neighborhoods into communities” by partnering with affluent neighborhoods to produce private, monthly publications filled with resident-contributed content. Every N2 issue is personal, relevant, and unique to the community it serves. Visit N2 Publishing online at http://www.n2pub.com.

About Best and Brightest
Best and Brightest is a service organization of the National Association of Business Resources. According to the group’s Website, its “ultimate goal is to provide companies with valuable data, benchmarked practices, tools and resources that provide tangible financial value and performance to participants.” A full list of the 2015 winners is available at: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/nationals-2015-best-and-brightest-companies-to-work-for/winners/.

N2 Publishing also received the award in 2017. The full list of winners is available at: https://thebestandbrightest.com/events/2017-best-brightest-companies-work-nation/winners/.

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