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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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Global Leadership Summit

A few of our team members attended the Global Leadership Summit at The Met last week, where they had the opportunity to learn more about leadership attributes from a variety of speakers. The theme of the event focused on how making mistakes, and persevering through those mistakes, helps create better leaders. Leadership is more than just a title - we all have the ability to lead, it's about finding where your leadership abilities lie.

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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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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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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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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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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How We Back Up Your Front Line

Achilles Group is committed to producing a great market response to your recruiting ads by implementing a well-structured process, a commitment to hire at targeted salary levels, and effective job postings. However, that means our clients must be well-equipped to manage the response pool, conduct interviews, identify top candidates, approve finalist offers, and close the deal, all while their hiring managers continue to run their daily operations! In most cases, we find that, though well-intenti...

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Align Your Strategy, Align Your People

An Employee Reflection on the Crest Management Strategy Alignment Success StoryThis month, we shared a Strategy Alignment Success Story from one of our clients – Crest Management. They found themselves in the familiar predicament of companies experiencing fast growth… everyone was working in the business and no one was working on the business. As a result, Crest needed to identify key people to focus on the business through an organizational redesign.Read here as our VP of HR Services, Kristen M...

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The Importance of Recruiting Effectiveness

Recruiting Effectiveness is everybody’s business and no one’s job…Over many years of working with business owners and leaders, we always ask about the three most critical issues that directly impact their profitability.  One of the answers is always a version of the phrase, “Our people are our greatest asset and in order to grow we have to find, hire and keep good people”.  We then ask whose job it is to ensure that this happens and what that plan looks like.  We often get a lot of vagueness, he...

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TalentConnection, the Achilles way

TalentConnection, the Achilles way…Find, hire and keep good people. Sounds like a great set of priorities… So you outline a clear recruiting profile, place ads and get a big response.  Now all you need is the time and technique to quickly work through a hundred resumes and find the 2 or 3 that make good prospects. That sounds simple enough, right? In reality, not so much.Intentions are good, it’s just that your managers are juggling daily operational needs and multiple business responsibilities ...

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HR Infrastructure: What is it? Why do I need it? And why should I care?

At Achilles Group, we focus on delivering Human Resource expertise in a cost-effective way for our clients. Using our highly-personalized Fractional HR model, we focus on protecting and growing our clients in four major areas: HR Infrastructure, Recruiting Effectiveness, People Performance, and Strategy Alignment. This model is tailored specifically to each of our clients’ needs and HR skill-levels, and at a fraction of the cost of hiring multiple HR professionals.What is it?Think about HR Infra...

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A Client’s Perspective: Crest Management

At Crest Management, we were so busy growing our business that we didn’t take time to stop and figure out what we needed in regards to investing in our people. We came to a point where we’d quickly grown to fifty people, and at that point we knew we needed to put some structure in place and make a variety of improvements to our Human Resources capabilities. After interviewing two different firms we decided to go with Achilles Group, and they were able to dive right in and get a good feel for our...

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Don’t Do HR for HR’s Sake

This month’s focus has been on HR Infrastructure, which is the very foundation of an HR program. One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of HR Infrastructure is policy: the mutually agreed-upon playbook and the guidelines that shape the employer/employee relationship. However, at Achilles Group this goes beyond mere policies and guidelines to create a stable platform for employees to contribute, grow, and interact with people in a profitable, respectful, and productive envir...

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People Performance the Achilles Way

At its core Leadership is all about communication and the ability to encourage growth and accountability through clear expectations, feedback, goals and incentives.At Achilles Group, we believe that People Performance is the engine that drives any enterprise and that effective Leadership practices provide the tool kit to keep that engine running at peak efficiency.One of the most important communication competencies is the ability to set expectations.  Leaders must learn and apply the principles...

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Compliance Update - I-9 Breaking News!

USCIS released the latest I-9 form (Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification) today, July 17, 2017. The changes are summarized below: Name update: “Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices” changed to “Immigrant and Employee Rights Section”. Deleted “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.” List C addition of “Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240)” Selection C#2 in List C now contains all certifications of report of birth issued...

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