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What Is Human Resources Management?

If you’ve spent any time in the professional world, you’ve likely heard of human resources, which, in short, refers to the people and/or department within an organization that is responsible for managing resources pertaining to employees. Some organizations maintain an internal human resources department, while others, particularly small-to-mid-sized businesses and non-profits, outsource this need to firms that specialize in what is known as “human resources management.”You might be wondering wh...

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5 Strategies for Effective Organizational Communication

It’s no secret that great organizations cannot flourish without strong organizational communication. But what does that look like? Here are five strategies for effective organizational communication in the workplace. Create an Environment That Supports Open Communication.Whether it's formal, informal, upward, downward or horizontal communication, it's imperative to cultivate an environment where all team members feel free to express their ideas and share their concerns. Communication within your...

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A Client's Perspective: CloudNine

Based in Houston, Texas, CloudNine is a data and legal discovery technology company with proven expertise in simplifying and automating the discovery of data for audits, investigations and litigation. CloudNine empowers legal and business professionals with eDiscovery automation software and professional services that simplify litigation, investigations, and audits for law firms and corporations.“We began working with Achilles Group earlier this year, after acquiring the eDiscovery suite from Le...

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Updated FMLA Forms 

An updated set of Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA) forms for employers has been released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division. The only revision to these forms is an updated expiration date. The previous forms expired on August 31 of this year, but now, the updated forms will be valid through August 31, 2021.DOL forms are critical when it comes to ensuring that the FMLA's requirements are met. It is important to stay up-to-date on these forms.If you have any question...

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Let Us Help You With The Hard Work!

Naturally, most of us in the HR field believe ourselves to be excellent judges of character. Therefore, recruiting and hiring good people shouldn’t be too difficult for us, right? But if that’s true, why do so many companies go to outside agencies to fill their positions? Are they better judges of character than we are? Or, do we simply not want to deal with the hassle of sifting through a ton of resumes?Let’s be honest—it’s hard to judge someone’s character in one thirty-minute meeting. First o...

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How We Set Your Business Up for Success

Simply put, leadership is communication, and it's Achilles Group’s passion to help your leadership communicate better both one-on-one and across your organization to preserve and build upon the best aspects of your business heritage. We understand that vision without accountability and discipline is just hopes and dreams, so we have a team with the knowledge and abilities to put your whole business in perspective and align all your strategies to achieve the results you desire.Strategy Alignment ...

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Commitment to Raising the Bar on People Performance

At Achilles Group we engage to make a difference through our unique Fractional HR business model, our expertise, teamwork and professionally human approach.  And we take a lot of pride in our commitment to provide encouragement for leaders at every opportunity.  Now before this gets labeled as a soft, indulgent or a touchy-feely approach it is actually quite the opposite.The work of encouragement here is anything but soft and demands discipline, hard work, and proper motivation.  Remember the ph...

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HR Infrastructure: Success at Axxiom

“When I began my new role in the HR department, there were many rules and regulations—things like FMLA, for example—that were unfamiliar to us. Axxiom is a small company and we needed to ensure we were protecting the company, our employees, and following all the legal guidelines.  Unsure of how to get started, we retained the assistance of Achilles Group.We began by working with Achilles to create and an employee handbook.  They provided us with the appropriate guidelines, audited our employee f...

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The Job Market is Heating Up

Better than anticipated results were reported on Friday regarding the US job market. According to a recent Houston Chronicle article, “Employers added 223,000 jobs last month, more than economists expected and a pickup from April's hiring rate of 159,000.”  Today, the US Department of Labor released more data.  “Never before have we had an economy where the number of open jobs exceeds the number of job seekers,” said US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. With the lowest unemployment rate in ov...

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A Client's Perspective on TalentConnection: OGsys

OGsys provides user-friendly, intuitive oil and gas accounting software that accelerates answers to critical questions impacting their clients' daily productivity and overall success.  Take a look at what OGsys President, Chuck Blanton, has to say about Achilles Group services, specifically TalentConnection.  "At OGsys, we have embraced every IT advancement, whether hardware or software driven, with the goal of providing the absolute best product to our clients.  OGpro is the next generational s...

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Minimize Your Company’s Risk with a Hands-Free Driving Policy!

Recent studies have shown that drivers who use their cell phones while driving—whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device—have a much higher risk of collision than those who do not. In fact, one-in-five car crashes are now related to driver distraction, and texting while driving makes a car accident 23 times more likely to occur! In 2016, there were over 109,000 traffic crashes in Texas involving distracted driving, resulting in over 3,000 serious injuries and at least 450 fatalities...

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Changes coming to the EEO-1 Report

As announced on August 29th, 2017 by the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (or OIRA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or EEOC) is implementing an immediate stay and reviewing of the effectiveness of the pay data collection components of the revised Equal Employer Information Report (as known as the EEO-1 report).Last year, the commission amended the EEO-1 report to require federal contractors and private employers with at least 100 employees to include pay and h...

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How to Receive Feedback with Grace

Inviting feedback can be hard enough, but receiving it can be even harder. Any sort of criticism (even constructive) tends to bring out all of our insecurities and defensiveness, but truly great leaders resist this impulse and readily accept feedback with grace and an open mind. It can touch on sensitive areas, but it’s important not to take it too personally and to manage your emotions and reactions.  Keep your composure, focus on understanding their perspective and work to keep the channel ope...

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Humility Is the Key to Rewarding Feedback

Seeking feedback from your employees requires both humility and recognizing your own room for growth, your motives are also equally as important.  For example, do you really want to be great at what you do, or do you want to be seen as great? That distinction is important because it requires the willingness to give up the illusion of positional power in exchange for the ability to be aware of areas of needed growth.If you truly want to be a strong leader, helping others increase their influence ...

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Success Story: Houston Zoo

"We reached out to the Achilles Group to assist us when we found ourselves down one person on the HR team with the absence of a Vice President of Human Resources. Because we were in the middle of working on several major projects and did not have enough time or manpower to take care of it all, we contacted Achilles Group for assistance.It was an awesome experience. We told them what we needed and they jumped right in and hit the ground running. And since we had not performed an extensive I-9 aud...

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Peanuts, Cracker Jacks®, and People Performance

When you think about winning teams in professional baseball, the New York Yankees are one of the first teams that come to mind. But have you ever thought about why that is? Maybe lots of great players? Well, while they’ve certainly had many amazing players throughout the years, they’ve also been led by fantastic coaches, including Tony La Russa, Casey Stengel, and Joe McCarthy.But what does it take to be a fantastic coach? First, there are the GOOD coaches: those that create a vision for the tea...

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The Great Toy Run!

Thanks to the efforts of dozens of generous fishing and boating enthusiasts, and some caring local citizens, more than 1,500 at-risk children on the central coast of Texas will be enjoying a very happy Christmas again this year.  Bill Bahr, one of our Achilles Group associates, and his wife Marci have participated in the annual “Toy Run” for 10 out of the last 15 years.  This year, the employees at Achilles Group were able to make their own generous donations to help Bill and Marci.Annually, for...

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Five HR Trends to Watch in 2018

With the new year fast-approaching, it’s important to keep up with the latest and greatest predicted trends in the world of Human Resources. Many of these are driven by ever-evolving technological advances, but your business still requires that special human touch for success. Some of these predicted trends include:  More employees working from home: The number of remote workers has increased rapidly in various fields over the last few years, and easy access to Wi-Fi and inexpensive remote ...

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Ready for your business to move forward in 2018?

“Don’t look back—you’re not going that way!”We like that phrase; it serves as a reminder to grow from and move past hard times and to keep focused on the path ahead. At Achilles Group we believe Houston is, in fact, moving forward, and a key indicator for us is how much our clients recruiting activities have increased!Many of the companies we serve have shifted their focus to emerging revenue streams, while -others are just rebuilding their capacity to match their upward-trending sales. Either w...

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How We Make Recruiting Effectiveness a Key Part of Your Business

Every business owner knows how critical it is to attract, hire and keep good people, yet most don’t fully appreciate what it takes to become effective at recruiting. While outside recruiters, headhunters, and temps are often very valuable, they don’t always lend themselves to a deep understanding of your organization and don’t necessarily allow you to always discover and retain good people.However, over many years of working with business leaders, Achilles Group has developed a focused set of re...

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