Oklahoma City-area companies allow employees to 'Thunder Up!'

Many businesses in the metro area are encouraging workers to “Thunder Up” every game day.
by Paula Burkes Modified: June 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm •  Published: June 14, 2012

The Thunder's contention for the NBA championship has put a whole new spin on casual dress in the workplace.

Taking “dress for success” literally, many Oklahoma employers are allowing staffs, for every Thunder playoff game, to show up in their “Thunderwear” — typically slacks or nice jeans and a Thunder T-shirt, but no tennis shoes.

Among the countless companies and organizations that have loosened their corporate dress codes to allow their workforce to “Thunder Up” are Phillips Murrah, Crowe & Dunlevy and GableGotwals law firms, Accord Human Resources, Jones Public Relations, Metropolitan Library System, Coppermark Bank and Partners Human Resources.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic has been encouraging staff to wear Thunder gear on Wednesday and Friday, and those at Saxum, an integrated communications agency, may wear Thunder gear on Friday, the companies said.

“It's been great, and our customers love coming in and talking Thunder,” said Doug Fuller, president of Quail Creek Bank, which also allows Thunderwear.

Pam Fountain-Wilks, president of Principal Technologies, said her staff loves the extemporary perk.

“It certainly puts everyone in the spirit of winning,” she said.

Doug Tippens, chief executive of Yukon-based Bank of Commerce, also allows the Thunder casual dress and occasionally ties the dress-down opportunity to a $5 donation to the United Way.

“Normally, we'll raise several hundred per game day,” Tippens said.

At i2E Inc., employees have been sporting Thunder blue all week.

“We're proud of the way the Thunder represent our city and state,” CEO Tom Walker said, “and want to show our support for them as they battle the Heat for the NBA title.”

The administration of The Children's Center in Bethany last week chose to create shirts for its nearly 500 employees to wear on playoff days.

“Our printer did a rush order so that we could have the shirts in time for the first finals game on Tuesday,” said spokeswoman Melissa Richey. “We announced the surprise to our employees during a meeting on Monday and they went crazy. It's created quite a sense of pride for our employees at the hospital.”

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by Paula Burkes
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...
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Did you know?

Fifty-five percent of companies offer casual dress at least once a week; 36 percent allow it daily and 24 percent permit employees to dress casually for summers or other extended periods.

SOURCE: Society for Human Resource Management

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