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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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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.

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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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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People Make or Break the Company

We’ve all heard it before: “A company’s most important asset is its people.” Because of this sentiment, it’s a tricky balancing act for a growing business to add more people to the team while simultaneously preserving their culture. In the past year, I’ve worked with many clients in this exact same position, but we’ve partnered with them to come up with recruiting strategies that turn this potentially scary proposition into an exciting one!It all comes down to People Performance. Simply put, Peo...

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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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Employee Reflections by Jared Wondra

Is your company up to the task of winning the “battle” for top talent? Companies all across the world are looking for new, innovative, and cost-effective ways to attract talent to their organizations. Achilles Group is like no other organization when it comes to Recruiting Effectiveness! We strive in the beginning not only to help our clients find the best talent but also in the long term to coach and mentor hiring managers and other key players in their organizations to become more effective at...

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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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Develop and Encourage Profitability

Have you ever heard someone refer to their job as “just a support role”, or “an administrative position”?  Our focus as Leaders is often fixated on the sales, technical and production roles and we unintentionally overlook the needs and potential of those we assign to “support roles”.  The reality is that administrative and supportive jobs are just as critical to success as is a key component to the operation of an engine.Accordingly, Leaders need to assign focus to the development of these suppo...

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How Fractional HR Can Help You!

Can you relate to any of the scenarios below? There are only two of us handling everything from operations to accounting to legal to HR. With everything on our plates, it’s challenging to adequately handle HR issues when they arise, especially if we are in the middle of another important project. Our current HR Director we have on staff is leaving, but we’re having a hard time finding one person that can keep up with everything and we can’t afford a large HR department. We’re researching differe...

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Sourcing the Right Employees

Talent Acquisition should be one of the most important components of your business because hiring the right people can be one of your company’s biggest competitive advantages.  Great employees contribute to and enhance your company’s brand, culture and overall success. Now the question is, where do you find these outstanding employees?At Achilles Group, we will not only help you find a solution to your HR needs but we can help find the right people to make this possible.  When you depend on us t...

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Interviewer: What Is Your Body Language Telling Your Candidates?

Picture it:  You are interviewing a great candidate whom you want to fall in love with your company.   Be careful of the message you’re conveying via your body language.  You don’t want to scare off the very person who could be a great add to your company and make you a hero in the office!Avoid Drumming your fingers or rubbing your face Both of these gestures are clear signs of annoyance. Having your legs crossed while shaking the top leg The shaking leg portrays the image that you’re uncomforta...

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The Costs of a Bad Hire

Recruiting and hiring good employees can be the most critical aspect of running a small or medium-sized business. If you don’t hire the right people to begin with, your chances of success are slim to none. It’s easy to make the mistake of relying on the same methods that you've been using for years.Everybody at your company has to contribute, which means more than simply doing one's own job. It means having an impact on your company's ability to compete, keeping your quality standards high, and ...

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How NOT to Hire!

Sometimes the person with the most knowledge and skills is NOT the best for the job!Many recruiters focus on telling their clients how to make the right hire at the right time, but do not always point out how NOT to hire.  Many managers focus solely on finding the best person for the job, instead of the best person for the team, and the company.  Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. is the President and CEO of TIAA-CREF and he shared an article on LinkedIn the other day I'd like to share with you....My "best ...

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