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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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Strategy Alignment: Critical Path Decisions

When Achilles speaks of strategy alignment as a key component of our Fractional HR services, we are referring to the way we assist executive groups in organizing their priorities, focusing resources through effective planning and communication competencies and executing plans.One type of discussion that is challenging for leadership is what Achilles refers to as critical path decisions, or key decisions regarding people. This is when there is talent that is not positioned properly or able to con...

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How Well Do You Know The ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated its 28th birthday on July 26, 2018. The goal of this Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, is to ensure that all Americans have access to good, family-sustaining employment. In honor of this momentous occasion, we at Achilles Group would like to help you get to know the ADA better. Check out our Question & Answer segment below, or connect with us to set up an ADA consultation. A Little ADA Q&A Q: What are the ...

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Strategy Alignment: Communication Is Key

With anything dynamically important to your business or personal life, there needs to be a pretty clear picture of where you’re heading and why it matters. While many organizations know where they are heading, they need help with recognizing how to pull everything together to achieve their goals. One way to do this is to place an emphasis on communicating your organization’s strategic goals to the people who matter most: your employees.Why does it matter to the business? Why does it matter to em...

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Fair Labor Laws: Why They Matter

On Monday, September 3rd, Achilles Group team members and millions of others across the United States will celebrate the 136th Labor Day. Unfortunately, as a people addicted to productivity, many Americans will view this holiday as just another opportunity to get ahead; catching up on work, finally cleaning the house or running errands that slipped away from the preceding weekend. However, it's important that we take a look at why Labor Day was declared a national holiday and celebrate it accord...

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Employee Reflections: Monica's Journey With CloudNine

The following is Monica Scott's write-up about her experience working with CloudNine. Monica is a Human Resources Director at Achilles Group. When it comes to acquisitions and mergers, it can be challenging to marry two company cultures into one. The different values, expectations, management styles and benefits of each company need to be reviewed and taken into consideration. Improving employee engagement is key to our Strategy Alignment.For example, where one company might have more of a tradi...

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Fair Labor Laws: Establishing Employee Rights in America

According to the United States Department of Labor, “The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.”Fortunately on Labor Day, we don't just celebrate labor; we celebrate fair labor.  June 25 marked eighty years since the Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed, creating the Wage an...

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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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Is Your Recruiting Strategy Paying Off?

So, if your company works really hard to identify your mission-critical talent needs, produces targeted ads, sorts and screens the responses, selects the top candidates, then extends the offer and closes the deal, you’ll be successful, right?No, not necessarily. In fact, more often than not, management teams fail in their recruiting efforts due to lack of follow-through and intentional activity after the job offer is accepted! Establishing continuous feedback in the new hire relationship and an ...

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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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People Performance Drives Profitability

At Achilles Group we work hard to impact People Performance as a catalyst for profitability.We have worked with thousands of leaders and seen the good, the bad and at times the ugly impact of poor leadership.  And we are driven to influence every leader we encounter to learn what it takes to become an encouraging leader, to proactively impact People Performance and to drive profitability.Encouraging Leaders are those who earn their authority and then embrace, model and promote principles that ma...

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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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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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Recruiting Effectiveness at OGsys

Last month's Success Story featured OGsys and their experience with Achilles Hourly Recruiting.  OGsys President, Chuck Blanton, is back this month to share his thoughts on how Achilles Group’s Recruiting Effectiveness has impacted their business during an important time of new product development.“Our need for a new manager arose at a critical point during the development of our new cloud-based software, OGpro.  Being that we are a software company, our business is highly technical.  We were lo...

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Recruiting Effectiveness After Hire: On-Boarding

At Achilles Group, we believe that it takes an ongoing, internal dialogue to build Recruiting Effectiveness. This dialogue does not end once your open position has been filled, it continues through the onboarding process.Onboarding is a critical step in the recruiting process and sets the stage for an employee’s successful tenure at your company. At OGsys, Achilles Group team members Courtney and Monica worked with the leadership team to develop onboarding tools and a process that sets new emplo...

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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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Controversial Overtime Rule Struck Down by District Court

A federal court judge in Texas has struck down a controversial overtime change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (or FLSA) put in place by the Department of Labor (DOL) during the Obama Administration. The rule, which was originally scheduled to go into effect last December, was designed to extend overtime pay eligibility for over 4 million workers, lifted the overtime salary exemption threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week. Any exemptions to this law are based on both workers’ salaries and...

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How Does Payroll Work in Times of Natural Disaster?

As a result of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding throughout Southeast Texas, many businesses that were forced to closed may be wondering how to handle payroll and PTO issues. Here are a few tips and guidelines to help clear up the confusion:Payroll: Exempt (or salaried) employees: the employer is required by law to pay full salaries for any week in which the employee worked at least a portion of the workweek. Therefore, you cannot dock exempt employees’ pay for days not worked due to ...

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