N2’s Family Culture at the Heart of Workplace Flexibility Award

By Sara Ballhaussen Mar 29, 2016

Community magazine publisher makes inaugural 50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility list

For N2 Publishing field support specialist Brooks Perry, it’s no surprise that the Wilmington-based company made the 50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility list.

Hours after wrapping up his 90-day review meeting almost one year ago, Perry and his wife found themselves rushing to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with their 4-year-old daughter, Tess. She would later be diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, requiring a two-year treatment plan.

"I’m not sure how most companies would handle an employee having to take off the time I’ve had to," Perry said. “The loyalty and support I have been shown is not taken for granted. I have every intention of being with N2 for a lifetime. I hope to retire from here many years from now with a healthy and happy family, whose road was made just a little easier by an amazing company."

The Best Workplaces for Flexibility list, which is part of the Great Place to Work’s Recognition Program, consists of N2 and other companies that offer supportive programs and policies. This includes benefits like telecommuting, flex-time, compressed work weeks, job sharing and phased retirement programs.

Award winners first were culled from nearly 600 Great Place to Work-certified businesses. During the process, Great Place to Work surveyed more than 209,000 randomly-selected employees, asking them to describe the reality of their day-to-day work experience. Staff rated their organizations on 21 different factors, assessing cultural support for flexibility and work-life balance. Two-thirds of each company's rating was based on employees' survey scores and written comments; one-third focused on the presence and utilization of such programs.

For N2 Publishing founders Duane Hixon and Earl Seals, flexibility became part of the foundation when they launched their company in 2004.

“We wanted to build a successful business without compromising time with our families,” said Hixon, CEO of N2 Publishing. “And we want the same for everyone who works at N2. So we created a business model where success is measured in hard work rather than long hours and where healthy homes are as highly valued as healthy sales.”

The emphasis on team continues to garner attention for the company. In addition to the Best Workplaces for Flexibility list, N2 Publishing also has been recognized on: Entrepreneur and Culture IQ Top Company Culture List – Best in Large Enterprise Award; Great Places to Work and Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women; Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work List; Best and Brightest’s 101 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For; and Best Employers in North Carolina.

Perry said his experience offers validation that N2 Publishing places a premium on its people and truly values work-life balance.

“Since May 5, 2015, we have had a tough road,” Perry continued. “The treatment has been a roller coaster of emotions and side-effects. I have missed work more than I’d like, but I have been able to be present to hold Tess’ hand, as well as my wife’s. That is an invaluable thing.”

Be sure to check out Fortune's write up about N2 and N2's profile from Great Place to Work.

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 Great Place to Work® 
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®" list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.

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