Heart and Soul: A story with a twist Labor Finders / LF Staffing pays tribute to its workers
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL-Employee of the Year
Awards are nothing new…many businesses honor their top employees
with this accolade. Two things sets theInaugural Labor Finders / LF
Staffing Employee of the Year Awardapart-first, there is not one
winner but two winners and secondly, both of the winners are
women-which, for the normally male-dominated blue-collar industrial
labor industry-is truly astonishing.
Dan Shube, the Director of Marketing for Labor Finders
International, who conceived of the awards stated, "I had been
hearing stories about the wonderful temporary workers from our
branch managers throughout the country. It was after
receiving yet another inspiring story, that I had a feeling there
were more stories needing to be told." Shube went on to say,
"It is unfortunate that the public's perception is not accurate
when it comes to temporary blue-collar workers and our goal was to
set the record straight with the facts. Additionally, we wanted a
way to recognize and reward our over-achievers and improve the
morale of all our temporary workers and internal staff. After
discussing this with Celina Klee, the Manager of Public Relations
for Labor Finders, we both believed the time was perfect to
recognize the best temporary workers that we employ!"
Throughout the country, branch managers from both Labor Finders
and LF Staffing offices entered their best candidate(s) by sending
a paragraph explaining why their worker deserved to be honored.
Some of key points the branch managers touched upon were:
attendance, attitude, hard work, making suggestions that saved
money or improved safety, if the temporary worker received a
permanent placement or won employee of the week, quarter or year
while on assignment.
It was a proven fact, every office has their star performers;
but the winner had to be a SUPERSTAR! When the first couple
of entries came in, Shube and his team was thrilled. Then, the
floodgates' opened and they received an impressive 30% response
from their offices. Shube stated, "The results surpassed our
wildest expectations. Each of the branch managers wrote about their
workers with amazing pride and passion, begging us to consider
their candidates. Many of the managers received recommendations
from their clients that employed the workers at their job site.
These letters of recommendation were heartfelt and compelling; in
an industry, where most businesses do not want it known that they
hire temporary workers, this in itself was amazing."
The plan was to choose one winner, however, each of the entries
stories was compelling, and some moved the judges to tears. There
was no choice but to choose two winners and four runners-up; in
addition, the remaining workers were recognized as honorable
In a male dominated industry, Labor Finders International,
theoldest and largest privately held industrial labor staffing
company in the United States along with its LF Staffing division is
proud to announce that both winners were women: Ms. Ida Sillah
Njie, (Wichita, KS) and Ms. Carrie Rost, (Arnold, MO.) Both of
their stories will make anyone pause and ponder what amazing
individuals we have helping to make this great country of ours even
Ms. Ida Sillah Njie, who immigrated to the US from Gambia
27-years ago, not only does she excel at any job given her, but she
works harder than her male counterparts do. She has zero tolerance
for slothfulness and inspires others around her to work hard.
Ms. Njie attends college at Wichita State majoring in Social
Services and back in 2009, she founded the PS Njie Foundation to
help Gambian disaster victims. In 2010, she took some time off from
Labor Finders to begin her quest to Africa, returning with heart
wrenching photos of a hospital with a rotting, leaky-roof, one
table with no chairs, no restroom facilities, scores of people
lined up to see one nurse and one doctor, children without homes,
schools, clothing and food. Ida began by accepting donations
and ended up personally overseeing the transport, arrival and
distribution of the much-needed supplies; it was at this time that
she met the President of Gambia and his officials. In the near
future, she plans to return to Gambia to continue her quest-Ms.
Njie is truly a great, empowering citizen and a role model for
Ms. Carrie Rost gives new meaning to "strength of character."
Back in June of 2008, Carrie began her career at the Arnold,
Missouri Labor Finders by being placed as a temporary worker in a
male dominated environment, for Custom Fabrication and Coating in
Arnold, Missouri. The supervisor was nervous about hiring a
female because all of his employees were males, and he was worried
that Mrs. Rost would have difficulty keeping up. Carrie quickly
changed his mind, by logging in excess of 4,000 hours at his shop
before the workload finally slowed down. Then, the very same
supervisor who initially doubted her capabilities wasso convinced
of her worth that he arranged for her to be transferred to his
parent company, Stripmasters of Illinois, which was 25 miles away.
Carrie gratefully accepted the position and has since logged
2,058.5 hours and counting. Then disaster struck. Early in 2011,
she was the victim of a potentially life-threatening accident that
occurred at Stripmasters. She was doing some touch up
painting work on a row of ten-foot tall steel support girders when
one of the girders broke loose and fell, creating a domino effect
sending all of the girders tumbling to the floor. Carrie was pinned
underneath several thousand pounds of solid metal and was rushed by
ambulance to the emergency room. She suffered multiple crushing
wounds. The accident was not her fault and she insisted on getting
back to work as soon as possible. Based on her exceptional work
history the client offered to let her work light duty at their
facility. Though clerical work is not her forte', Carrie did not
complain. She accepted the work and did a fantastic job. One week
later, she was released to full duty; then she went back to her
regular position at Stripmasters, where she continues to contribute
and receive accolades.
Each of these two amazing women took home the grand prize of
one-thousand dollars along with the honorary plaques and each
received a celebration party at each of their office locations. The
four runners-up received a check for one-hundred dollars; in
addition, each of the honorable mentions received a check for
twenty-five dollars. Everyday Labor Finders is changing the way the
public views temporary workers…and in the case of our employee of
the year…one woman at a time.
By the way, the rest of the entrants' have great, feel-good
stories too! Ask about them!
Labor Finders International, Inc., a
franchise company since 1975, is the country's oldest and largest
privately held industrial labor staffing company in the United
States. For two years in a row (2010 and 2011,) Labor Finders has
received top honors in Inavero's Best of Staffing Client
competition presented by CareerBuilder. Labor Finders operates more
than 200 offices nationwide with a strong tradition of leadership
as the country's top name and resource in the business of temporary
industrial staffing. Labor Finders is a proud member of
the American Staffing Association (ASA).
Labor Finders strength comes from the commitment of locally
operated staffing offices that consistently satisfy their
customers, while demonstrating their core values everyday: Respect,
Appreciation and Safety. The mission is simple: treat temporary
employees and customers fairly.
To schedule an interview with Dan Shube, Ida Sillah Njie or
Carrie Rost, please feel free to contact Celina Klee, the Public
Relations Manager for Labor Finders
International, Inc. at 561-273-8226 or by cell phone at
561-346-9935 or at Celina.email@example.com.
For more information, please be sure to check out the Labor Finders International, Inc. website at