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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Honored with HR Innovation Award

Published June 7, 2023

DURANT, OK – The Choctaw Nation Human Resources department has been named the winner of the HRDUS 2023 Innovative HR Team award. HRDUS is a highly respected online journal for Human Resources Directors in the United States. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was also recognized by the publication last year as one of the six Best Places to Work.

HRDUS’s second annual Innovative HR Teams 2023 report recognizes organizations which break boundaries to move the HR profession forward by taking progressive approaches to recruitment, introducing new technology, or rolling out ground-breaking reward and recognition strategies.

Noted in the report, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is using software and technology to create a seamless experience throughout the associate life cycle.

This includes a Total Rewards Department which administers innovative programs such as a personalized concierge service connecting associates to all their medical needs and Bluetooth-enabled devices to monitor conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion software is also used to improve job postings and remove unintentional biases from job descriptions.

Choctaw Nation also focuses on attracting and developing top talent, connecting employees to on-demand information, and crafting total rewards packages which prioritize employees’ wellbeing.

“The big piece for us has been making sure that we connect people with meaningful work, meaningful relationships, and a visualized career path based on individualized career paths,” HR executive officer Gary Burrus, said.

“Our Human Resources Department takes great pride in providing extraordinary service to our current and prospective associates,” Chief Gary Batton says. “We are honored that HRDUS has selected us for this award. It is additional confirmation the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is truly one of the best places to work.”

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 212,000 tribal members and 12,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity.


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