Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 36

#3 Small/Medium Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @DeltaDentalOK U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Oklahoma City Industry: Insurance Status: Not-for-profit U.S. Employees: 125 Year Founded: 1973 Company Leader: John E. Gladden, President and CEO E mployees at Delta Dental of Oklahoma say they have a lot to be proud of by working at DDOK, one of the state’s leading dental benefits providers. The company, which serves more than 1 million Oklahomans, advances oral wellness as well as supports its employees and the community at large. Twenty years ago, DDOK established its foundation, which has since distributed more than $20 million to produce and support programs across the state that aim to provide oral health education and dental care to those in need. Working at DDOK comes with benefits as well. With flexible work schedules, many employees work half a day on Fridays and enjoy a generous benefits package in which DDOK pays 100 percent of employee medical, dental and vision insurance premiums and contributes a minimum of 6 percent of an employee’s salary to his or her 401(k). Other programs that employees enjoy are team-building activities. DDOK has a team-building committee that organizes special events outside of the workday for staff members to get to know one anoth- er and contribute to the community. Companywide events also boost employees, like Appreciation 36 2018 Best Places to Work August, an entire month designated to activities for DDOK to show its appreciation to staff members for their work. Events for 2018 in- cluded interdepartmental contests and games, free meals and treats, special gifts and complimentary car washes as well as the annual Thanksgiving potluck and holiday party. The staff has volunteered at the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, solved riddles at The Escape OKC and created art with a “Paint Your Art Out” guided art class. At work, the company plans events in-house to make work enjoyable, including a Halloween Pumpkin decorating contest, hot chocolate bars, March Madness bracket competitions and more. Employees also have the opportunity to nominate their colleagues for the Pinnacle Award, designed to recognize non-management employees for going above and beyond in service to internal and external customers. All Pinnacle finalists can win awards like airfare and hotel for three nights and extra vacation time for the winner. “Fostering a positive work environment demonstrates the high value our organization places on customer service, and encourag- es our employees to provide the best possible experience to our clients and constituents,” said Delta Dental President and CEO John Gladden. The Journal Record