MEDIA ADVISORY: December 15, 2014

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HONORED AS A TOP WORKPLACE IN OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City, December 15, 2014 – It’s the first time the Oklahoma Department of Labor has been named as one of the top 40 best places to work in Oklahoma, on the 2014 Top Workplaces in Oklahoma list.

“The employees of the Department of Labor have spoken of their endorsement of the many positive changes that have been implemented under my administration,” stated Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

Costello continued, “ Changes include reviewing business processes to eliminate excess bureaucracy, the introduction of new technology, and importing ‘best practices’ found in other government entities. My colleagues and I have jointly worked to change the culture, improve services, and bring a greater level of service to the citizens of Oklahoma; it’s a great honor,”

Top Workplaces in Oklahoma is sponsored by The Oklahoman and selection is coordinated through the leading research firm WorkplaceDynamics LLC.  Each organization and its employees are sent a confidential questionnaire covering several factors, measuring how employees feel about their daily work environment, whether they are working together toward a common goal and their overall engagement.

The Department of Labor performed well in the categories of direction, execution and connection.  Employees commented that they had confidence in their leaders and they believed the Department of Labor operates by strong values and ethics.  Employees also viewed that their pay and compensation was good compared with others in the industry.

“New technology and reformed work processes has allowed the administration to bring all employees up to the midpoint level of compensation within state government, a first for the Department of Labor.  Morale is high, as is productivity. Reform is a win-win for the taxpayer and the professionals at the Oklahoma Department of Labor,” states Commissioner Costello.