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Achilles Group Vision Statement: Our Pathway to Growth

A vision statement is a company’s road map, indicating what the company wants to become by setting a defined direction for the company’s growth. At Achilles Group, we think of it as the pathways that lead us to where we are aiming to go. Our pathway to growth is "Giving HR a new name through a Professionally Human approach." What do we mean by that? It's simple: Our unique methodology is a collaborative approach between your organization and ours that starts with identifying your specific needs....

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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.

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: Why They Matter

On Monday, September 3rd, Achilles Group team members and millions of others across the United States will celebrate the 136th Labor Day. Unfortunately, as a people addicted to productivity, many Americans will view this holiday as just another opportunity to get ahead; catching up on work, finally cleaning the house or running errands that slipped away from the preceding weekend. However, it's important that we take a look at why Labor Day was declared a national holiday and celebrate it accord...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How We Set Your Business Up for Success

Simply put, leadership is communication, and it's Achilles Group’s passion to help your leadership communicate better both one-on-one and across your organization to preserve and build upon the best aspects of your business heritage. We understand that vision without accountability and discipline is just hopes and dreams, so we have a team with the knowledge and abilities to put your whole business in perspective and align all your strategies to achieve the results you desire.Strategy Alignment ...

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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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Commitment to Raising the Bar on People Performance

At Achilles Group we engage to make a difference through our unique Fractional HR business model, our expertise, teamwork and professionally human approach.  And we take a lot of pride in our commitment to provide encouragement for leaders at every opportunity.  Now before this gets labeled as a soft, indulgent or a touchy-feely approach it is actually quite the opposite.The work of encouragement here is anything but soft and demands discipline, hard work, and proper motivation.  Remember the ph...

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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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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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Changes coming to the EEO-1 Report

As announced on August 29th, 2017 by the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (or OIRA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or EEOC) is implementing an immediate stay and reviewing of the effectiveness of the pay data collection components of the revised Equal Employer Information Report (as known as the EEO-1 report).Last year, the commission amended the EEO-1 report to require federal contractors and private employers with at least 100 employees to include pay and h...

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Controversial Overtime Rule Struck Down by District Court

A federal court judge in Texas has struck down a controversial overtime change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (or FLSA) put in place by the Department of Labor (DOL) during the Obama Administration. The rule, which was originally scheduled to go into effect last December, was designed to extend overtime pay eligibility for over 4 million workers, lifted the overtime salary exemption threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week. Any exemptions to this law are based on both workers’ salaries and...

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