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The Importance of Respect in the Workplace

The year 2020 has been unlike any other. COVID-19 concerns, coupled with current social, economic, and political climates have led to tense conversations and sometimes disrespectful workplace interactions. Political views and opinions on social justice have been especially divisive. We all deserve to be treated with kindness and respect, and could benefit from more respect and civility in the workplace. Studies have shown that rudeness and disrespect in the workplace can drastically diminish you...

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Unemployment Fraud Is On The Rise

Unemployment fraud is a growing issue for many employers in Texas. A form of identity theft, unemployment fraud occurs when an individual knowingly collects unemployment benefits using a social security number or other private information that does not belong to them. If you or your business become the victim of fraudulent unemployment benefits claims, there are several steps you can take to dispute the claim. In order to file an unemployment benefits claim, a social security number is needed. T...

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Flu vs. COVID-19: The Differences & Similarities

Flu season is upon us once again. While in previous years it has been common to experience coughing, sneezing and sniffles during this season, this year brings added layers of stress and worry with COVID-19 concerns. How do you know if the symptoms you or an employee are experiencing can be attributed to the flu or COVID-19?While the flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses, there are some key differences, as well as similarities between the two. The following outline of flu and COVID-19 ...

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Apache Services COVID-19 Decontamination Service Testimonial

As we ease into reopening the office, Achilles Group team members have been brainstorming ways to safely make the transition back into office life. When we learned that one of our clients, Apache Services, Inc., offers COVID-19 Decontamination services, our team member Dan Calvert scheduled them to clean the office. The results are impressive and worthy of sharing! Keep reading to learn about Dan’s experience with Apache Services. Dan's Experience with Apache Services  Upon Apache Service’s arri...

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act: Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions

The recently created Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) addresses several concerns expressed by businesses regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). While the PPP loans were met with great enthusiasm, the program's rollout left many concerned about the possibility of being unable to meet the requirements for full loan forgiveness. Below is a summary of the revisions created by the PPPFA to address those concerns. Under the original provisions of the PPP, loan recipients w...

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PPP Loans Are No Longer Available. Here Are Some Alternatives to Consider.

The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan was August 8, 2020. If you missed this deadline but still need financial assistance, there are other programs available including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as number of tax deferral programs created by the CARES Act.Click here for more information on the EIDL programClick here for more information on tax programsHere are some of the basics tha...

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How to Help Out After the Storm

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that has engulfed Southeast Texas, many managers may be wondering how to support your employees and get your business back up and running. You can see a few tips below: Communication is key. All of your stakeholders (employees, customers, the community, etc.) will need to know what can be expected from your business, so it’s important to communicate with all of them. Possible communication channels include social media, emails, text messages, out-...

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How to Prepare Your Company for Inclement Weather

When bad storms occur, your business should be prepared and adapt accordingly. Below are a few tips to help you get ready: 1. Have a plan. What’s your evacuation procedure? How will your employees be informed of office closings? Who’s in charge of shutting everything down? Make sure that everyone receives clear and concise communication regarding your company’s policies so that they know what to do. Ensure that you have all of your employees’ contact information in easy to get to place so you ca...

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Fighting The Battle on Cybersecurity

HR departments hold a vast amount of data ranging from home addresses, social security numbers and other personal information.  They are responsible for protecting this sensitive information that are transferred both internally and externally.According to Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, companies lost an estimated $400 million as a result of 700 million compromised records worldwide. Companies are having an increased concern about being a victim of cyberattack and are looking f...

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Social Media In The Workplace

Does your company allow your employees to use social media while at work?  There are definitely pros and cons to allowing social media in the work place.  One thing is certain, social media is not going away so it is important for employers to think about how social media might fit within their culture.As an employer, the idea of employees spending long periods of time on social media is unproductive and unacceptable.  Most employers are willing to allow employees to take an occasional browse on...

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Managing Multiple Holiday Requests

This the time of year when the leave requests usually flood in.  November, December and January can almost feel like one big holiday with people planning family gatherings and almost everything, except work.   Now the question is, do you have a plan in place to determine who gets time off when there are multiple employees asking for the same leave?  There is no set way in which this must be done, however, you must remain consistent.  Whether you have a policy of "first come first served" or if i...

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Simple Tips to be Healthier at Work

As we enter the second month of the New Year, it’s the perfect time to focus on a healthy workforce. You don’t have to be in the C-suite to promote a culture of wellness at work. Anyone can implement these small, healthy changes and invite their colleagues to do the same: Take walking breaks. Prolonged sitting is associated with increased disease risk. Get up from your desk and on your feet once an hour. Walk a lap around your floor or walk to a co-worker’s office instead of picking up the phone...

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4 Ways to Help Your Employees Retire

1.  Ensure that your long-tenured employees will remain valuable to your organization.  Require your employees with 20 years of experience to attend conferences, training programs and networking events.  This will help them stay current with industry trends. Remember this group in your HR programs designed to increase employee engagement.2.  Reassess your 401(k) plan.  This plan has been in existence for 30 years and has failed to equip the majority of the workforce with the ability to retire. R...

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To Confront or Not to Confront

We’ve all been there.  A coworker has dropped a verbal bomb and you don’t know what to do about it.  We suggest the following best practices in dealing with inappropriate and unprofessional workplace behavior.1.  Don't Confront:  In many cases it's best to press the "ignore button" and walk away, especially if you're in a group setting. Often you can simply respond with, “I hear what you're saying,” then quickly move on. Do it without getting upset. If you fight fire with fire, you'll surely get...

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Are Businesses Losing Yards But Boosting Their Team?

According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), there are about 30 million fantasy players in the United States alone and this number is increasing. According to a study by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, fantasy football is played by 22.3 million workers and costs employers upwards of $6.5 billion in lost time and productivity during the NFL season. With more and more people getting into fantasy football, are people so much into fantasy teams and games that they contribute less to t...

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Video Surveillance in the Workplace

Today’s Internet-based security/surveillance solutions, like many new web-based technologies, are both inexpensive and amazingly efficient. How cool is it to have ‘24 by 7’ access and a view of multiple areas of a company’s offices from a manager’s smartphone? While employers are looking at this technology as a tool to help them curb workplace theft, bogus worker’s compensation claims and a host of other difficult issues where video evidence might make a difference, it is equally important for t...

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Is Speech Really Free?

Hot Topic:Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by his employer, the National Basketball Association (NBA). The punishment came after public outrage was aimed at Sterling who was recorded making racist comments to his girlfriend regarding NBA players, her friends and whom he wants to not see at Clippers games.This story could affect your own Human Resources practices. Your employees may be asking you, "Isn't he protected by Freedom of Speech?"   Yo...

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Can you live on 40-50% of your income if you become disabled?

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month and we encourage you, both the business owner and executive, to take a hard look at your current disability coverage.Some sobering facts:1.       Most group disability plans are designed to cover up to 60% of your base income. The plan definition for Base Salary may NOT include commissions, bonuses, etc.  In addition, there are typically monthly caps on the base amount covered.If you become disabled, the group coverage may ultimately pay 40-50% of your...

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