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The Great Resignation

If you’ve tuned into the news lately, chances are you have probably heard of The Great Resignation of 2021, a coined term referring to the recent overwhelming spike in people leaving their jobs. Across the United States, as businesses are coming back into the office, many people have found themselves contemplating their careers (and expectations of such) after spending months, sometimes over a year at home. A new report cited in the The Business Journals suggests this could be just the beginning...

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Hiring In A Tough Job Market: Our Tips For Success

Has hiring been a struggle for your business?If so, you are not alone.Many companies in Texas are experiencing recruiting woes, with a lack of candidates topping the list. It’s safe to say that it’s a “buyer’s market” on the hiring scene right now. The power lies with candidates, and the recent jobs report further proves this; the US added only 266,000 jobs in April 2021, significantly missing the 1 million expected. This news comes shortly after the jobs report for March 2021 was revised downwa...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Narrow the Field

The fourth step in Achilles Group’s Recruiting Effectiveness process is to the Narrow the Field or eliminate resumes from your response pool that don’t fit the bill of what you’re looking for in a job candidate. This involves sifting through resumes and conducting phone screens and occurs after you’ve selected your recruiting methods and posted your job opening.Here’s our list of Do’s and Don’ts for sorting through job post responses:DO set aside time to thoroughly review resumes. Doing so will ...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Evaluate Your Interview Process

 So, you’ve successfully navigated through the process of sorting through resumes and selected key candidates you’d like to learn more about. Now it’s time for the next step of Recruiting Effectiveness – interviewing applicants. It’s no secret that interviewing can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced hiring manager. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading to learn about a few of our interviewing best practices. Evaluate Your Interviewing Process– with the rising popularity o...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Determine Your Top Candidates

Now that you’ve completed the interview process for your job opening, it’s time to determine the top candidates for the role. You might already know who you’d like to hire, or you might feel torn between a few star candidates who are equally qualified for the role. How do you decide on the one final candidate to extend an offer? Keep reading to learn about different assessment methods to identify top candidates.Enthusiastic About the Job – of the candidates that are under consideration, is there...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Scoreboard & Metrics

In addition to providing ongoing support and training for your hiring managers, it’s essential to maintain a candidate pipeline, track turnover and create a metrics-driven scoreboard to continually evaluate your organization’s recruiting efforts.Maintaining a candidate pipeline will assist in forecasting and planning your hiring needs. Instead of reacting to a workload crisis and rushing to make a hire, proactively assess your employment needs on a regular basis and look to fill in necessary gap...

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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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Setting Yourself Up For Recruiting Success

So, you’ve decided it’s time to hire someone. From the search for the right candidate to onboarding your new employee, the recruitment process can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider when hiring a new employee, and it’s best to make the hiring process as efficient as possible in order to find the right person for the position you’re looking to fill the first time around.Over the coming weeks, we’ll explore what we at Achilles Group call Recruiting Effectiveness, or what an effici...

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Effective Recruiting Is More Than Meets the Eye

Sometimes you can’t see a problem until someone from the outside points it out, and that’s particularly true in the recruiting process. What may initially be a good recruiting strategy for your company could also slow you down as the company gets larger. We wanted to provide you with an example that you might be seeing within your own organization. Meet fictional ABC Services to understand how we could help your Recruiting Effectiveness.“We always thought we were pretty good at finding the right...

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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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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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Recruiting Effectiveness at First Presbyterian

Recruiting the right candidate for your organization doesn’t always mean filling the position with someone similar to the person who you had in the role before. Instead, it should depend on the future direction of the company, so always remember to keep the big picture in mind. Character and experience are just as important as the required job skills in order to ensure you get the best fit to align with the company’s goals and vision.When I started working with First Presbyterian Church of Houst...

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Clear, Timely, Focused, Respectful, Feedback

 “But I’m just a soul whose intentions are good/Oh lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.” The lyrics to that old blues song perfectly illustrate the importance of communicating your feedback in a clear, timely, focused and respectful manner. The goal is not to tear down your employees but to give them the gift of clarity and to help build them up into something greater. To do so, you must make sure the feedback covers something the employee can actually control and address directly. Be sur...

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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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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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Leadership that Starts with the Heart

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, a time to celebrate love and relationships.  And while you don’t always hear the word love when it comes to the workplace, it’s been proven that employees who feel that they work in a supportive, encouraging, caring culture, perform better.At Achilles Group we believe the number one accountability of a leader is to encourage growth in their people.  And the only way to be in position to carry out this accountability is to develop effective relationships.  Yo...

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The Importance of People Performance

We Don’t Hire People to Lose ThemFor those that might not be as familiar with our Fractional HR Concept, we’re excited to share that our upcoming posts will be focused on providing you with more in-depth information on each of the four components that make up Fractional HR (People Performance, Strategy Alignment, HR Infrastructure, Recruiting Effectiveness).  This month we will focus on the importance of People Performance.The importance of People Performance starts from the very beginning of th...

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Conducting an Effective Job Interview

Finding and retaining talent is crucial to your company’s success. Job interviews are an important step to finding the right talent. But many business leaders find themselves asking the “same standard questions” and getting the “same prepared answers” from every candidate.This humorous video from Heineken shows a very creative example of interviewing. While we don’t advocate such an extreme approach, we do admire the amount of planning and preparation they put into the interview process. To cond...

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