Welcome Our Newest VP, Jasper!

Having spent all his career in large corporate environments, Jasper Richardson came to Astyra looking for a more entrepreneurial, fast decision-making and less formal environment. He will serve as Astyra’s Vice President of Client Services!

He has previously served as Vice President of Sales, Client Delivery and other contracting roles. 

Jasper possesses a B.S. degree from Elizabeth City State University in Business Administration and a M.S. from The American University in Human Resource Development.

In his spare time, he enjoys family time (especially with his two grandkids), attending sporting events, concerts, working on home projects, and figuring out how to do different things!

He and his wife Jackie have been married for over 35 years and they have two daughters, Jordyn and Jovanna.

David Joins Astyra!

David Hernandez is our newest Astyra Technical Recruiter!
 
He is a military brat who spent much of his early childhood moving from state to state. Prior to settling in Chester, VA at the age of 8, he had already lived in South Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida and two other cities Virginia.
 
Growing up, David was an athlete who excelled in Baseball. In his Senior year of high school, he made the All Region and All Metro teams for the Central Virginia area in Baseball.
 
After graduating High School, David studied Accounting at Old Dominion University. He started his career in Accounting but decided to transition into the staffing industry. David now has over 3 years of experience in recruiting and is proud to be a new member of Astyra!

Astyra Day at VSU

Every September, VSU Alumna Brittany Brown hosts “Astyra Day” at her alma mater.

The day begins with a career fair in the school of business. Students are invited to gain valuable information about job openings and life after university from someone who has been in their shoes before.

Brittany then led a Conflict Management class for seniors. The students were given real-life scenarios and asked to offer resolutions. This activity requires students to use their critical thinking skills in a stress-free environment.

Although Brittany has hosted Astyra Day many times already, she still enjoys the event each year because of the opportunity to “engage with talented young professionals while being able to service my alma mater at the same time.”

Transportation Benefit

Need a ride to/from work?

Astyra wants to help YOU!

We understand life happens and sometimes your mode of transportation can become unreliable. Next time your car is in the shop, your normal ride can’t drive you or the bus has broken down, call an Uber/Lyft! We’ll save you some stress by reimbursing up to $50 worth of trips to/from work!

RULES

To qualify for the reimbursement,

  • You must email your receipt to freeride@astyra.com the day you use Uber/Lyft
  • The arrival/departure address must match your job site’s address
  • You must prove you were at work the date of the receipt with an approved timesheet

*Please allow five business days from date of the approved timesheet for your reimbursement.

 

Additional rules and restrictions may apply. For more information on the transportation benefit please contact the human resources department at hr@astyra.com.

The Gig Economy

In past posts, I may have noted just how different the job market is than it was only afew years ago. According to CloserIQ, the market now is “as much as 90% candidate-driven,” meaning that job seekers, both casual and fervent, hold the reins.

To this end, it’s still very much important for employers to understand how to best tap into the candidate market and attract the best talent that they can. Part of this is establishing newer policies and approaching candidates with both transparency and flexibility.

Part of this relates to what is colloquially referred to as the “Gig Economy”—particularly contracting. Falling back to my mention of flexibility, a lot more candidates are opting for contract roles as they allow them to gain experience or to retain employment without tying them down to a single spot unless both they (and their end-client) agree. Another piece of this is the notion of remote work.

65% of employees surveyed in the research said they would pursue contract work if they were given the opportunity. 68% of candidates reported in another study that the ability to work remotely impacted their decision to accept a job offer.

Some rigidity and turbulence is expected in times of transition, and achieving balance will, again, likely come down to transparency and flexibility from both parties. As employers and employees continue to better understand these key factors that impact their wants and needs, we’ll continue to see shifts in the dynamic between them.

Cheers To 22 Years!

Astyra's internal staff celebrates at Southern Kitchen

22 years ago today, our founding duo Ken Ampy and Sam Young would launch a staffing and consulting firm known today as Astyra Corporation!

Throughout these years the company has changed in terms of the positions we staff for but our vision has remained the same; we strive “to be one of the most recognized community leaders.” We’re happy to say that in these 22 years as a company we have volunteered over 9,500 hours to our community and served as regular volunteers, board members and sponsors for events.

Our excitement builds as we await to see what the next 22 years have to offer.

Thank you to everyone who continuously supports Astyra, our success and our community!