So, this current legislative session is nothing new, as far as Oklahoma lawmaking is concerned. You kind of have to wonder what the legislature gets up to when they aren’t proposing bills to allow conversion therapy, prevent tax dollars from being used for same-sex wedding licenses, or banning state-issued marriage licenses. I know a lot more goes on in the legislature, and that bills like these get a lot of attention even though a lot of them don’t get passed into law, but damn. Maybe next time we lament that a good national business doesn’t want to set up shop in Oklahoma, we should take a minute and think about why.
Anyway, while I was getting all down and angry about the legislature, a little bit of hope popped into my news feed. That’s right, you guys! Representative Emily Virgin, the Hermione Granger of of the Hogwarts that is the Oklahoma Legislature, has proposed a pretty awesome amendment to HB 1371, the one that let’s businesses in the marriage industry to also discriminate based on their religion.
According to The Gayly:
When I lived alone, one of my biggest fears was my neighbor. Sure, he was a nice enough middle-aged dude, but he knew my schedule a little too well, hoarded loads of sun-bleached coffee cans on his front porch, and just wanted to talk a little too much. One of his pastimes was cornering me as I tried to bring my trash can out to the curb and telling me to get a fire pit in the backyard so I could invite him over and we could have bonfires. I’m sure he was mostly harmless, but I never got a fire pit because you can’t be too careful.
I used to fear my home getting hit by a tornado and getting trapped under the rubble. I didn’t want to think that if I were to scream for help, he’d be the first one to find me. In fact, as a tornado rolled past Norman High in 2012, I took shelter in a closet and thought that death would be a better alternative than for my neighbor to help me.
I bring all this up because I’d like everyone to know there is no shortage of creepy dudes in Oklahoma. They’re all over the state, apparently. According to KFOR.com:
I’ve written about jobs here on TLO before, but I think I should begin this post by letting everyone know that I have no idea what it’s like to work for a great companies. I’ve had great jobs, sure, but not a single one of them was a full-time gig. And when I did choose to drink the corporate Kool-Aid and give all my time and attention to a job, it always seemed to end with the worst result possible. granted, I’ve only worked for a sociopath with a Napoleon complex, a company that actively prevented employees from starting 401Ks, and at a company where the CEO thought network cables that were shorter than 3 feet would really speed up the internet in the building.
Anyway, because of all this, I’m really interested in places that are considered great places to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love working for TLO. You can ask any of our contributors. They’ll tell you the benefits are some of the best. (You really can’t beat having strangers find out you write for TLO and then listing their grievances with the site.)
So, I bring all this up because Fortune recently released their list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and 3 Oklahoma companies made the list. According to Fortune:
To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America.
Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.
Yep. Totally nominating TLO for this next year.
So, what were the 3 Oklahoma companies that made the list? Check them out after the jump!
Good morning and happy Monday, fellow Oklahomans. I hope you’re all enjoying your Monday after Daylight Saving Time. If you’re like me, then you’re using DST as an excuse every single time your late or fall asleep in a situation where it’s not socially acceptable to do so for the next month. I mean, I still use this excuse in like December when it’s not valid, but people don’t seem to question it. Seriously, best excuse ever.
Anyway, as always, I’ve gathered all tweets you need to read, and put them here just for you. They’re after the jump!
For the most part, I try to break Oklahoma stereotypes. We’ve come a long way in my lifetime, and I feel that the progressives and the movers and shakers in our city need to be rewarded for the hard work they’ve done to bring Oklahoma out of the dark ages. I do my part by never taking out-of-town guests to Cattlemen’s or the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Though, regrettably, I do bring the proverbial average down by drinking A LOT of Coor’s Light. What can I say? It’s probably safer to drink than the arsenic and hexavalent chromium-containing water in Norman.
I bring all this up because something happened yesterday that ruined all the good work I’ve been doing. Sure, it may seem innocuous enough, but I assure you, some real damage has been done.
According to KFOR.com:
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