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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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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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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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The #MeToo Movement

At Achilles Group, we are dedicated to designing and building a best in class HR Infrastructure both as your foundation for growth and as a firewall to mitigate employment related risks and protect against loss.  With the rise of the #MeToo Movement late last year, we watched as sexual misconduct allegations against several high-profile men like Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and former “Today” anchor, Matt Lauer were brought to light. Revelations were not unique to the entertainment industry, ...

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TalentConnection, the Achilles way

TalentConnection, the Achilles way…Find, hire and keep good people. Sounds like a great set of priorities… So you outline a clear recruiting profile, place ads and get a big response.  Now all you need is the time and technique to quickly work through a hundred resumes and find the 2 or 3 that make good prospects. That sounds simple enough, right? In reality, not so much.Intentions are good, it’s just that your managers are juggling daily operational needs and multiple business responsibilities ...

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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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Avoid the business growing pains by focusing on People Performance!

People Performance:Growing from a family-style business to a larger company with a more remote management style was challenging, so we were referred to Achilles Group for their expertise. They put us at ease right from the start by being so personable, and their flexible approach worked perfectly for us. They also have great ideas and clearly know their stuff! Not only do they understand the technical processes, but they also emphasize the people aspect of our business. They’re just really nice ...

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Guidance and Support to 2H Offshore, Inc.

"When we first began working with Achilles Group in 2009, we had 38 employees.  We reached over 120 before spinning off a small group to create a new company. Achilles has helped us navigate this exciting time by reducing some growing pains via thoughtful counsel, offering timely guidance as we hit different periods in our growth, and providing much needed insight into organizing our larger team.Our ‘small company feel’ culture is very important to us.  We strive to ensure that our employees fee...

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Focus on What You Do Best

Hi-Tech Electric, Inc. was established in 1985 to provide quality electrical construction services. We’ve been recognized as one of the top 100 electrical contracting firms in the country by ENR Magazine every year since 1996. We’ve been working with Achilles since 2006 and they have been a partner on everything HR related for us. We know that we can call on Achilles for the everyday HR support that we’re looking for.Not only does Achilles provide the everyday support that we need, but they have...

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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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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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Human Resources “Heavy Lifting” for Vista Host, Inc.

Vista Host, Inc. is a hotel development and management company with more than 25 hotels in 10 different states - that’s a lot of employees in many different locations!“We feel that Achilles Group accomplishes our ‘Human Resources Heavy Lifting,’” says Cindy Matulich, chief financial officer for Vista Host, Inc. “We no longer worry about making the tough decisions that surface in HR (such as a termination), because we have the ethical and knowledgeable experts from Achilles Group who will walk us...

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HR Support for a Growing Company

When Mustang Gas Compression first reached out to Achilles Group, they knew they need some HR support, but not enough to require a full-time, in-house HR department.“We needed a stable, consistent HR department and having our own HR department didn’t work for us,” says Mustang Chief Financial Officer, Jay McKeown. “We loved Achilles Group’s business model and it turned out to be quite cost-effective for us.”Achilles’ Fractional HR model gave Mustang the proactive HR support they needed, without ...

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Fighting The Battle on Cybersecurity

HR departments hold a vast amount of data ranging from home addresses, social security numbers and other personal information.  They are responsible for protecting this sensitive information that are transferred both internally and externally.According to Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, companies lost an estimated $400 million as a result of 700 million compromised records worldwide. Companies are having an increased concern about being a victim of cyberattack and are looking f...

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Social Media In The Workplace

Does your company allow your employees to use social media while at work?  There are definitely pros and cons to allowing social media in the work place.  One thing is certain, social media is not going away so it is important for employers to think about how social media might fit within their culture.As an employer, the idea of employees spending long periods of time on social media is unproductive and unacceptable.  Most employers are willing to allow employees to take an occasional browse on...

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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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Office Holiday Decorations

With the holidays quickly approaching it is important for companies to be sensitive to all employees’ cultural and religious beliefs.  This time of year is festive and can be a lot fun but companies need to remember that not everyone celebrates the same holidays.  When your company is decorating the office, be mindful of the decorations you choose.  If you have some that are clearly Christmas decorations, consider incorporating other holiday décor. Most people associate wreaths, greenery and win...

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Davis-Bacon Act - Contractor and Subcontractor Compliance

Are you familiar with the Davis-Bacon Act? The Davis-Bacon Act is a federal law that applies to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal contracts or District of Columbia contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair, including painting and decorating of public buildings or public works. Davis-Bacon Act contractors and subcontractors are required to pay their laborers and mechanics no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corr...

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