Paula Burkes
Business Reporter

A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes
has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Boston. Since February 2001, she’s worked as a business writer for The Oklahoman state newspaper, specializing in personal finance and workplace enterprise stories that have far-reaching effects for readers’ lives. Paula and her teenage daughter, Jessica, live in Edmond, Okla.


  • Mind Your Own Business: Deadline nears to buy 2016 health insurance

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Fri, Dec 4, 2015

      Dec. 15 is the deadline to sign up for health insurance for 2016, if you want to be covered on Jan. 1. The federal government issued the reminder last week, reporting that -- as of Nov. 30 -- 30,183 Oklahomans had signed up for coverage on the federally run healthcare.gov. “Whether you are enrolling for the first time or are an existing customer who is shopping for the best plan for 2016, now is the time to visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov,” said Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Open enrollment on healthcare.gov began Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31. So far, more than 2 million consumers nationwide have enrolled, including more than 700,000

  • Executive Q&A: Staffing exec strives to build great teams, celebrate accomplishments

    Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Joe McIntyre, based in Oklahoma City, has risen to regional vice president for Menlo, Calif.-based Robert Half.

  • 17 top companies 'three-peat' winners

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Among the 70 honorees on this year’s Top Workplace list, 17 are “three-peats,” or repeat winners from The Oklahoman’s inaugural 2013, 2014 and now 2015 lists.

  • Paycom uses its own software to evaluate employees

    Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Paycom uses its own software to evaluate employees

  • Employee suggestions encouraged at Melton

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Melton Truck Lines employees were greeted by a stunning 35-foot Christmas tree when they reported to work the Monday before Thanksgiving week, the first holiday season in their new 77,000-square-foot building. “I think I saw no less than five posts of pictures of the tree on Facebook that day,” said Shayla Williams, 29, safety and employee services staffer. The tree, the headquarters' open layout and expansive windows — and the fact that so many Melton employees are friends off and on social media — is by design. Melton Truck Lines, No. 1 among midsize employers on this year's Top Workplaces list, cares about its employees. The company's new headquarters facility at 808 N 161st East Ave.

  • Q&A with Bob Peterson of Melton Truck Lines

    Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    Melton Truck Lines: Good performance results in celebrations, bonuses, raises

  • Infusion pharmacy wins small employer recognition for second consecutive year

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Just by substituting monthly potlucks for catered birthday lunches and a standard coffee pot for a gourmet single-serve maker, OptionOne cut about $14,000 from its annual operating budget.

  • Q&A with Jennifer Dotter of OGA

    Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    OGA chief trusts her employees to fully embrace best practices

  • Promoting personal development major Devon benefit, employees say

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    Landman John Raines made up his mind he wanted to work for Devon Energy Corp. the last semester of his senior year of college when he interned for the Oklahoma City-based oil and gas producer. “It was January 2005 and the whole shale thing was kicking off, Raines said. “But some of the best employees in the business — from land and regulatory to division orders — took two to three hours a day to sit with me and mentor me,” Raines said. “I found Devon to have a very family-like atmosphere, all centered around integrity and doing the right thing,” he said. A decade later, 44-year-old Devon has nearly tripled in size — employing 2,700 in Oklahoma and more than 5,000 total in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Q&A with Kevin D. Gordon

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Attorney Kevin D. Gordon looks at the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

  • Online shopping at workplace is popular, but it can be dangerous for the employee

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

    Despite how employers feel, 42 percent of workers planned to spend an hour or longer doing their Cyber Monday shopping on the clock.

  • Q&A with Allen L. Hutson

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to increase its fines for violations 80 percent in 2016.

  • Executive Q&A: Valir Health's entrepreneurial CEO aims to help many people

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Executive Q&A with Tom Tucker Valir Health's entrepreneurial CEO aims to help many people

  • Mind Your Own Business: 'Tis the season for shopping from cubicles

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    Are you adding to online shopping carts from your cubicle this Cyber Monday? If you are, you're not alone, according to survey results released last week. Half of all U.S. workers plan to spend at least some of their work day shopping for holiday deals, according to an online survey conducted by Harris Poll for Chicago-based CareerBuilder.com. Of those, 42 percent will spend an hour or longer shopping on the clock. Meanwhile, 12 percent of employers say they’ve fired someone for holiday shopping on the Internet while at work. Fifty-six percent say their organization blocks employees from accessing certain websites from work, though that won't stop 42 percent of employees who plan to use personal smart

  • Q&A with Tim Hast

    Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Q&A with Tim Hast

  • Margaret Kierl, Giving more than thanks

    Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Recreational therapist uses her skill set to help others.

  • D'Anna Pulliam, Giving more than thanks

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Retiree raises money to give bikes to kids.

  • For many employees, there will be no bonus over the holiday season

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Nearly 40 percent of employers aren't planning to award bonuses, according to survey results released last week by Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals national franchised staffing company.

  • Q&A with Bruce W. Day

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Crowe and Dunlevy will host a securities conference that focuses on market volatility and senior investors from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

  • Q&A with Carolyn Stager

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Town hall meetings stress cities’ need for diversified revenues, highlighting how Oklahoma cities and towns are overreliant on sales tax to fund services compared with the rest of the nation.





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