Hire Dynamics’ Sonya Buckley named finalist for Chief Human Resource Officer in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2020 HR Excellence Awards
Chief People Officer recognized for role in sustaining workplace culture while driving growth
Sonya Buckley ranked as one of three finalists for the Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year in the 2020 HR Excellence program from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and SHRM-Atlanta (Society for Human Resource Management). The program recognizes extraordinary HR professionals and the impact their achievements make on a company’s culture and community.
As Chief People Officer, Sonya has helped made Hire Dynamics a perennial leader on Best Places to Work lists across the Southeast while managing rapid growth. The company has been named an Inc. 5000 fastest growing private company in the U.S. 11 times, including the last three years. The firm is now in the top three largest commercial staffing companies in the Southeast. Yet, the company’s goal is not to be biggest, but best. It aims to be “the number one staffing company you would refer to a friend.”
Having engaged, high-performing employees is central to that mission. Sonya’s leadership in securing quality employees is critical to Hire Dynamics’ key differentiator: client and talent satisfaction that is 8 times and 2.5 times the staffing industry average, respectively, based on independently conducted industry surveys.
Prepared for growth at scale
With the company tripling in size over the past three years, Sonya has transformed Hire Dynamics’ talent acquisition process to support tremendous growth in scale. The company’s 415 employees placed more than 62,000 workers in 2019 for 1,500 clients. She established a bench of talent for the company and reduced the time positions stay open. This directly impacted the bottom line, while providing local leaders with tools to identify and recruit excellent talent within their markets. Buckley’s talent strategy allows Hire Dynamics to “top grade” its people and drive stronger performance in service quality and financial results.
“You will not find a human resources executive that is more committed to the development of our people,” said COO and Co-Founder Jon Neff. “Sonya is a strategic partner to her peers and has a clear vision for growth for our teams. There is nothing she cannot accomplish. I am a better leader and Hire Dynamics is better organization because of Sonya.”
Sonya, who recently celebrated 15 years with the company, remarked, “In staffing, particularly in today’s changing times, the integrity and culture of the workplace is integral. Creating meaningful and engaging experiences for our employees and talent alike is what makes Hire Dynamics an inspiring firm to grow in.”
The HR Excellence Awards honor leading professionals who inspire change and innovation in their company’s culture and surrounding community. The second annual awards ceremony took place virtually Oct. 8, 2020.