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The 7 Habits Book Series Review: Habit #6 – Synergize

The Achilles Team recently read through “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen R. Covey. Last week we discussed the fifth Habit, “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood”. The sixth Habit is “Synergize”. This is all about working together—two heads are better than one. In the chapter on Habit 5, we talked about the importance of listening and truly understanding others. This openness lays the groundwork for Synergize.Achilles Group team member, Jennifer Ray, comments, “Syn...

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What Is A PEO in HR?

What is the difference between a PEO, ASO and HRO? There are many HR options available to the marketplace these days, and while that creates great competition and choice, it also creates a great deal of confusion. We’ll explain the differences between each of these models of human resources outsourcing. WHAT IS A PEO? A PEO is a Professional Employer Organization. Employers are able to bundle payroll, employee benefits, basic HR administration, and Worker’s Compensation together with one provide...

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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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Our Values Alignment With Dress For Success Houston

Going "beyond the suit" to provide continuous development for women.[caption id="attachment_4307" align="alignleft" width="432"] The Achilles Team at our 2018 Dress For Success volunteer day.Partnerships express our values as a company. As a Professionally Human organization, we pride ourselves on the investment we make in our people, not just within Achilles Group, but in our clients as well to encourage leadership. Dress For Success Houston’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic ind...

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The 7 Habits Book Series Review: Habit #2 - Begin With The End In Mind

The Achilles Team recently read through "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. Last week we discussed the first habit, "Be Proactive". This week, we're taking a look at the second habit, “Begin with the End in Mind”. This habit is based on the principle that everything is created twice. The first is creativity by wisdom, and the second is practical creation. When we have a great idea, we use our imaginations and self-knowledge to create our idea, which gives us the opport...

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The 7 Habits Book Series Review: Habit #3 - Put First Things First

The Achilles Team recently read through “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. Last week, we discussed the second habit, “Begin with the End in Mind”. The third habit is “Put First Things First”. In this chapter, Covey discusses the importance of organizing and executing tasks and goals to achieve your most important priorities.The third habit is a result of individuals adopting Habits 1 & 2. In Habit 2, we spoke about the importance of our creativity. Habit 3 speaks ...

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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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PEO, ASO, HRO - Oh No! What Do All of These Mean? Part 3

There are many HR options available to the marketplace these days, and while that creates great competition and choice, it also creates a great deal of confusion.  What is an HRO? So, we have explained a PEO and an ASO. And finally, we’d like to help you understand the definition of an HRO. It stands for Human Resources Outsourcing, and Achilles Group falls into this category.However, with our Professionally Human approach, we are unlike any other HRO. Most HROs available on the market today bas...

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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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Annoucement: HR Infrastructure Is Now Risk Mitigation

Anyone familiar with Achilles Group knows that we spend a lot of time and focus in the four core areas of our Fractional HR approach: People Performance, Recruiting Effectiveness, Risk Mitigation and Strategy Alignment.Today, we want to announce an evolution in that focus, specifically regarding HR Infrastructure as the core area. We are moving away from HR Infrastructure as a core area, and replacing it with Risk Mitigation, an area that is of great importance in Human Resources.If you think ab...

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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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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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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 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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Achilles Recruiting Effectiveness “Playbook”

At Achilles Group, we encourage and even insist on Recruiting Effectiveness becoming a vital component of your business strategy.Our MotivationWe bring the expertise and resources to install Recruiting Effectiveness as a competitive advantage. We partner with your leaders to build a solid recruiting game plan and then help you make the plays that win.Our ApproachWe begin with a series of discussions to understand your capabilities. Then we partner with you to upgrade your processes, tools and te...

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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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