The Oklahoma City office of BKD accounting firm hosted its holiday party — including a catered lunch and casino and other party games — Friday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott downtown.
It was the second year BKD, which employs 46 in Oklahoma City, opted for an employees-only day party, spokesman Chris Zach said. “We had such success last year that we decided to continue with it this year,” he said.
“Because employees aren't taking any of their personal time, it increases participation across our office,” Zach said. “It also sends a message that the office is willing to invest in time where our employees can enjoy being together, getting to know each other more and having fun at the same time.”
Meanwhile, First National Bank of Oklahoma, which has two branches in Kay County and two in Oklahoma City, will celebrate Friday at Karsten Creek Country Club in Stillwater, where the bank is offering employees and their guests complimentary one-night stays at the Oklahoma State University campus hotel.
“In the past, we have had separate Christmas parties for the two markets, but we felt since we are one bank, we were missing something by not getting all our employees together,” President Mel Martin said. “And since we want people to enjoy themselves, but we don't want anyone having to drive the hour or more home after the party, particularly if they have been drinking, (we) worked out a deal with OSU where we will have continuous shuttle buses running between Karsten Creek and the OSU hotel on campus,” Martin said.
The state's festivities fit with the online survey results released Thursday by Chicago-based CareerBuilder, and conducted by Harris Interactive. Findings, among 3,484 workers and 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals, show employers plan to extend holiday perks again this year, with bonuses (45 percent), parties (59 percent) and gifts (35 percent).
Accordingly, GableGotwals law firm, which employs 139, held a potluck gift exchange Tuesday and the staff decorated the office tree together Friday. Still to come are an office-wide catered lunch in Oklahoma City, an office-wide afternoon reception in Tulsa and an evening holiday party for the attorneys and their spouses.
We show appreciation to our employees of the month and announce our new employee of the year and, throughout the evening, hold fabulous door prize drawings, which include electronic prizes and shopping gift cards.”
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