LLoyd is a member of the American Staffing Association (ASA), the largest nationwide group serving as the voice of the industry representing approximately 35,000 staffing and search firm locations in the U.S. These organizations employ an estimated 2.91 million people each day as part of the nation’s contingent workforce.
Every year, the ASA names a National Staffing Employee of the Year – an award which allows member firms to make nominations based on a contingent associate’s performance to the staffing firm and its clients. The Award honors the vital contributions temporary and contract employees make to the nation’s workforce and the economy and the winner is announced during National Staffing Week (September 16 – 22).
MATTHEW EARLEY, a Network Architect and Engineer working for LLoydIT (the technology division of LLoyd) has been named the 2014 National Staffing Employee of the Year! Since 2011, Matthew, a resident of Franklin Lakes, NJ, has been deployed in a senior management capacity in information technology with Staten Island University Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Matthew has worked for employers in permanent roles, but prefers the flexibility that contract employment provides him. “Consulting allows me to be great at what I do,” he says, “and puts the ownership of my career in my own hands while seeking mutual benefit for myself, my staffing firm and my client.”
LLoyd nominated Matthew not just for his work ethic and technology expertise, but for his commitment to LLoyd and to our client, NSLIJ Health System, during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Matthew’s assignment required him to stay at Staten Island University Hospital before, during and after the storm to ensure network operations ran efficiently. During the storm, Matthew was responsible for implementing procedures within the main data center for the hospital and making the appropriate switch over to the hospital’s generator system. His role was critical in helping the hospital maintain consistent, quality patient care amidst the chaos of the storm.
“Matthew’s work is outstanding year round, and the commitment and work ethic he displayed at the height of Hurricane Sandy last October showed that performance is not measured by employment status, but by character,” said Jeanine Bondi, CSP, Vice President and Senior Managing Director at LLoydIT.
Matthew noted, “Hurricane Sandy certainly tested my level of professional and personal dedication to the hospital organization every moment along the way. I am extremely happy, but also humbled to have played a role, and I take this opportunity to think about the hurricane with a new and added perspective. I would do it all over again.”
As the storm’s one year anniversary draws near, we are reminded of the role that contingent workers often play in helping all employers staff up or down throughout the year, especially during seasonal situations and in the aftermath of dramatic, life changing events. Matthew will be formally honored October 9th in Orlando, Florida during a recognition ceremony at Staffing World 2013, the ASA annual convention and expo, where he will be celebrated by staffing industry professionals from around the country. LLoyd’s President, Keith Banks, CSP and Executive Vice President, Jason Banks, CSP will attend.
“National Staffing Employee Week is a special time to salute the contributions of the millions of temporary and contract employees on assignments in the U.S. every business day,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “Matthew’s story illustrates how businesses can count on staffing companies during normal periods as well as extraordinary times of special need. Matthew went above and beyond during Hurricane Sandy, and for that, the U.S. staffing industry is honored to recognize him as National Staffing Employee of the Year.”
We are proud that one of our “LLoydEmployed” has won the industry’s highest honor. We believe it doesn’t just reward Matthew, but it shows how staffing firm clients use the best and brightest available talent to their benefit – and that these individuals can work in a temporary or contracting capacity and perform at an optimum level. A fluid and flexible workforce is the wave of the future and many of our clients have been consistently embracing this concept and strategy, along with associates who choose this particular career lifestyle, and making it work to their own advantage.