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4 Steps to Better Hiring Results in Today’s Talent Market

 Hiring in a Competitive Job Market   We get it – good people are hard to find, especially in today’s tight labor market. And it’s vital to your organization’s future to find talented people that will contribute to its success. In current times, qualified candidates apply to multiple opportunities, and this applies across the spectrum of experience and industry. Below are a few simple tips to improve your success in attracting and closing the right fit for the right role.   1. Pla...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feedback is a Gift

If you were about to take a hike through the wilderness, would you take a compass with you in case you got lost? Of course! And much like a compass helps you find your path in the wilderness, employee feedback helps you find your path in business.Feedback is a gift in business. It may not always seem like it, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving in that it continuously helps your business improve and grow. It requires humility to ask for and it’s not always easy to accept, but it’s ultimately gr...

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Ready for your business to move forward in 2018?

“Don’t look back—you’re not going that way!”We like that phrase; it serves as a reminder to grow from and move past hard times and to keep focused on the path ahead. At Achilles Group we believe Houston is, in fact, moving forward, and a key indicator for us is how much our clients recruiting activities have increased!Many of the companies we serve have shifted their focus to emerging revenue streams, while -others are just rebuilding their capacity to match their upward-trending sales. Either w...

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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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How We Make Recruiting Effectiveness a Key Part of Your Business

Every business owner knows how critical it is to attract, hire and keep good people, yet most don’t fully appreciate what it takes to become effective at recruiting. While outside recruiters, headhunters, and temps are often very valuable, they don’t always lend themselves to a deep understanding of your organization and don’t necessarily allow you to always discover and retain good people.However, over many years of working with business leaders, Achilles Group has developed a focused set of re...

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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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How Effective is Your Recruiting?

As you may have noticed, we’ve been talking a whole lot about Recruiting Effectiveness this month. When working with business leaders, their company’s ability to discover, employ and retain good people is always at the top of their list.However, in reality, we often find that many organizations are not equipped to proactively find the best and brightest.So, how is your organization doing? At Achilles Group, we have developed a short 5 minute survey to help you assess the Recruiting Effectiveness...

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3 Strategic Alignment Mistakes That Businesses Often Make

According to a recent study by The Economist, 89% of people in business say that formulating strategies appropriate for changing market conditions is very important or essential for competitiveness. But to practice effective strategy alignment, you’ll want to remember these three things: Don’t treat your mission, vision, and values as a strategy unto itself. When we look at strategic alignment, it is important to look beyond simply what the company stands for and look towards the future and what...

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Spotlight on: Monica Scott and Vacations

Summertime is vacation time, and our Employee of the Month, Monica Scott, recently took a trip to visit Walt Disney World in Florida, where her daughter is currently interning. Monica is a dedicated HR Generalist who loves partnering with her clients and helping them grow. But, like any hard working professional, she feels like it’s important to take time off to refuel and recharge. We agree!Research shows that the benefits of taking time off include higher productivity and performance, and a mo...

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Spotlight on: Kathryn McClanahan

Congratulations to Achilles Group Employee of the Month, Kathryn McClanahan!Kathryn has been a member of the Achilles team for over three and a half years, and brought eight years of general HR experience with her.  One of her many skills includes her ability to research anything and everything – she is typically the first one to let us all know of a new compliance update!  The Achilles Group team loves the vivacious attitude she brings to the office!Learn more about Kathryn in her Spotlight int...

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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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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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