Engineer Named 2014 National Staffing Employee of the Year
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
American Staffing Association Honors Matthew Earley for His Work During Hurricane Sandy
The American Staffing Association announced today that contract network architect and engineer Matthew Earley has been named the 2014 National Staffing Employee of the Year. The announcement marks the beginning of National Staffing Employee Week, Sept. 16–22, which honors the vital contributions temporary and contract employees make to the nation’s work force and economy.
Since 2011, Earley, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, has worked in a senior management capacity in information technology with Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, NY, member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. An employee of ASA member LLoyd Staffing, he has worked for many 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 the client.”
Last year, much of New York City and Staten Island was affected by Hurricane Sandy. Staten Island University Hospital relied on Earley to stay at the hospital before, during, and after the storm to ensure network operations ran efficiently. The hospital temporarily relocated his family to Staten Island so Earley would not be separated from them. During the storm, Earley 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. Earley’s role was critical in helping to maintain consistent, quality patient care amidst the chaos of the storm.
“His 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,” according to Jeanine Bondi, CSP, vice president and senior managing director at LLoyd Staffing.
Earley says, “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.”
Earley will be formally honored Oct. 9 in Orlando 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.
“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.”
For more information about National Staffing Employee Week, visit the ASA website.
For more information about LLoyd Staffing, visit lloydstaffing.com.
National Staffing Employee of the Year is sponsored by ASA corporate partner First Staff Benefits, a provider of health insurance benefits for the staffing industry.
The American Staffing Association is the voice of the U.S. staffing industry. ASA and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. ASA members provide the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement