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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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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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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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Recruiting Effectiveness: Expand Your Recruiting Megaphone

At Achilles Group, we encourage and even insist on recruiting effectiveness becoming a vital component of your business strategy.  Recruiting is no longer a buyers’ market.  The tables have turned, and today you must sell careers to candidates.In order to be successful in today’s recruiting landscape, it is necessary to move away from the tried and true methods of the past and embrace new technology.  Achilles Group employs several powerful tools that bolster recruiting effectiveness.  Take a lo...

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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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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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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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The Perfect Fit

"Erwin Distributing Co, Inc. owns and operates Wally’s Party Factory stores. At Wally’s, we offer an extensive selection of party supplies, balloons and costumes for all of life’s celebrations. When we first heard about Achilles Group, there were only two of us handling everything from operations to accounting to legal to HR. With everything on our plates, and with over twenty five stores spread across Texas and Oklahoma, it was challenging to adequately handle HR issues when they arose, especia...

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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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A Client's Perspective on People Performance

We don't just want you to take our word on the importance of People Performance at your organization, but read below a Success Story from our client, 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 and inspiring our people. We came to a point where we knew we needed to put some structure in place and the one thing that we didn’t have were job descriptions. We met with Achilles Group and they were able...

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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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To Sell or Not to Sell - Fundraising in The Workplace

When employees occasionally sell or solicit fundraisers during work hours it is usually noninvasive and doesn't necessarily need to be addressed. These sort of activities typically involve parents selling their children's school fundraiser items or employees seeking pledges for participating in a charity walk. However, if selling or soliciting in the workplace is causing disruption, it may be time for you address the issue.A company probably doesn't have an issue with an employee selling Girl Sc...

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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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Helping Precision Task Group with their ‘Achilles Heel’

Precision Task Group is a mid-size IT solutions firm based in Houston that came to Achilles Group in 2007, at a time when human resources was their “achilles heel,” according to PTG Human Resources Director Vanessa Villarreal. “Human resources tends to be something that companies forget about while they chase things around in the whirlwind of business,” Villarreal said. Achilles Group worked closely with Villarreal to customize and implement handbooks, policies and procedures, an affirmative act...

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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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