Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 52

#16 Small/Medium Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @PolstonTax U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Norman Industry: Legal Status: Private U.S. Employees: 93 Oklahoma Employees: 91 Year Founded: 2001 Company Leader: Roderick Polston, Founder O nce a year after the April 15 tax deadline, employees from Polston Tax Resolution and Accounting Firm gather from four offices in two states for a large group photo and a Polston Field Day. Coming together from Norman, Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Tulsa, as well as Wichita, Kansas, the Polston employees enjoy lunch and games like paper airplane races and other team-building contests. “Everyone’s pretty competitive, and it’s just hilarious and a good time,” said Rachel Pappy, partner and attorney for the firm. It’s all part of an employee-bonding experience that contributes to a workplace culture focused on ensuring employees understand why they are working there and that the goal is to help people. “We live in a time and era where people want to work some- where it means something,” Pappy said. “It’s so important to us that everyone is supported in the work that we do because ulti- mately we’re trying to help our clients.” Many of those clients are stressed because they have run into trouble with their taxes and are seeking legal help. The company’s founder, Rod Polston, and his partner, Pappy, both were accoun- tants before they became attorneys. They shared a vision that 52 2018 Best Places to Work they wanted to combine their legal and accounting expertise and do so in an ethical way. Later, they realized people needed ongo- ing help with their taxes so they didn’t get into trouble again, so they added the tax accounting side of the firm. Both agree that monetary success is not the end goal. That approach trickles down throughout the firm as they try to find ways to bring out the best in their employees, Pappy said. The firm values work-life balance and offers flex time, fun days like “Bring Your Child to Work Day,” regular department outings for reaching monthly goals and camaraderie within and between departments. Company leaders also care about serving others, encouraging employees to take part in a quarterly community service event. The Polston firm has previously been named one of the top 20 Best Places to Work, as well as one of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Metro 50 Award winners in 2016. It also has received the 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Taxation Attorney from The Oklahoman and nominated for The Journal Record’s Beacon Award in 2018. Also in 2018, the firm was the Finance Monthly Law Award Winner for Tax Law Firm of the Year in the United States. The Journal Record