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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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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: 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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HR Infrastructure: Success at Axxiom

“When I began my new role in the HR department, there were many rules and regulations—things like FMLA, for example—that were unfamiliar to us. Axxiom is a small company and we needed to ensure we were protecting the company, our employees, and following all the legal guidelines.  Unsure of how to get started, we retained the assistance of Achilles Group.We began by working with Achilles to create and an employee handbook.  They provided us with the appropriate guidelines, audited our employee f...

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Escaping the "Wave" with TalentConnection

Have you ever felt that the day to day running of your business takes up all of your time? That you couldn’t possibly add anything else to your plate? Operating in the ‘whirlwind’ is exhausting and draining. You may think “if I just had more hours in the day, I’d be able to do it all.” Unfortunately, time is finite, and you can only do so much.[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Escaping the "Wave" with TalentConnectionOften times, when stuck in the ‘whirlwind,’ important, but time co...

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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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Moving Past Mistakes

Mistakes happen. At Achilles, we will help you avoid mistakes, and move past mistakes that do happen to help you be successful.  The Achilles Team is well equipped to serve alongside your leaders in many different capacities in the ares of people performance, recruiting effectiveness, HR infrastructure, and strategy alignment.  Take a look at our website for more information on the Achilles Fractional HR offerings or give us a call!  We would love to customize a solution to your company's unique...

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Minimize Your Company’s Risk with a Hands-Free Driving Policy!

Recent studies have shown that drivers who use their cell phones while driving—whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device—have a much higher risk of collision than those who do not. In fact, one-in-five car crashes are now related to driver distraction, and texting while driving makes a car accident 23 times more likely to occur! In 2016, there were over 109,000 traffic crashes in Texas involving distracted driving, resulting in over 3,000 serious injuries and at least 450 fatalities...

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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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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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The Importance of Strategy Alignment

Leveraging the Right PrioritiesFundamentally, leadership is about getting others to go in the direction you set with full competency and commitment. The challenge is that you’re often too busy to sit down to agree upon that direction or to take the time to really lay out the strategies that truly focus on your business goals.It’s not that you don’t know your priorities, how to attack the market or solve other business challenges.  However, you probably don’t often collectively gather to collabor...

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3 Simple Terms for Success

A lot of folks throw around the words business strategy or organizational alignment or strategic planning. The reality is that the ability to draft a simple, direct set of plans or objectives based on a few core disciplines, can move your business forward in a positive directionDon’t make it too complex! Keep your team on track with three simple steps – focus, tools and technique. Read more about how this framework can bring you Strategy Alignment. First of all, begin with the end in mind and fo...

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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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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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Back to School Time!

Back to school is around the corner, if it isn't here for you already! We wanted to put a smile on your face by sharing our back to school photos. Do these sweet faces look familiar?[caption id="attachment_1533" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Olivia Williams[caption id="attachment_1534" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Shaina Schwartz[caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Monica Scott[caption id="attachment_1531" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Kristin Arroyo[caption i...

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Spotlight on: Kristen McGullion

Meet Kristen McGullion! Kristen began her journey with Achilles 11 years ago this May as an Employment Coordinator and today serves as Vice President of HR Services and a key multidimensional contributor to our Executive team.Kristen’s first job out of college was here at Achilles Group right after graduating from Texas A&M with a Human Resources Development degree. As the Employment Coordinator, she was actually placed onsite at the client’s headquarters where she managed everything from re...

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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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