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#7 Small/Medium Employer Website: nextep.com Twitter Handle: @NextepInc U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Norman Industry: Professional Employer Organization Status: Private U.S. Employees: 130 Oklahoma Employees: 96 Year Founded: 1997 Company Leader: Brian Fayak, President and CEO F amilies are important to the leaders of Nextep, and employees cite its family-friendly policies and benefits as one of the things they love about working there. Nextep provides health, dental and vision benefits at no cost for em- ployees and their families, said company founder, CEO and President Brian Fayak. This year, Nextep added new benefits that include mobile health care options, identity theft protection and pet care. The company also welcomes children at the office, offers flexible schedules to allow employees to fit life into their workday, gives gener- ous paid time off including paid parental leave, and allows children to be included in many all-staff events. Nextep is a professional employer organization that acts as an off- site human resources department for small to medium-sized business- es. The company handles payroll, employee benefits, taxes, human resources compliance and workers’ compensation programs for its clients. The company’s culture starts in the hiring process as it seeks to hire dynamic people who align with its values. Nextep’s corporate human resources director, Tracey Hixon, shared, “An employee actually told us this recently, ‘Nextep allows me to do my job that I was hired to do! You give me the tools I need to be the best The Journal Record that I can be. Everything else is gravy!’ “Professionally speaking, is there anything more fulfilling than doing your job well, feeling like you make a difference and being appreciated for it? This is the impact of alignment,” Hixon said. Employee committees plan events and monthly activities to promote things like social connectedness, inclusion and wellness among employ- ees. Nextep’s executive team focuses on ways to relieve tension during times of high-work volume. “Everything is so busy with our lives it’s hard for people to find time to give back,” Fayak said. “All of these things give our employees these avenues to give back more easily. … We want them to do that because it helps them to have a balance.” The company has built a Leadership Academy for employee training and has developed a rewards point system for anniversaries and peer- to-peer recognition. Nextep has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma seven times. It also received the OK Ethics Compass Award in 2007 from the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium. Last year, Bluewolf, an IBM company, awarded Nextep with its Service of Future Now awards, given to sales-force clients who find innovative ways to engage employ- ees and create customer moments. 2018 Best Places to Work 41