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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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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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Success Story: Houston Zoo

"We reached out to the Achilles Group to assist us when we found ourselves down one person on the HR team with the absence of a Vice President of Human Resources. Because we were in the middle of working on several major projects and did not have enough time or manpower to take care of it all, we contacted Achilles Group for assistance.It was an awesome experience. We told them what we needed and they jumped right in and hit the ground running. And since we had not performed an extensive I-9 aud...

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Five HR Trends to Watch in 2018

With the new year fast-approaching, it’s important to keep up with the latest and greatest predicted trends in the world of Human Resources. Many of these are driven by ever-evolving technological advances, but your business still requires that special human touch for success. Some of these predicted trends include:  More employees working from home: The number of remote workers has increased rapidly in various fields over the last few years, and easy access to Wi-Fi and inexpensive remote ...

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Align Your Strategy, Align Your People

An Employee Reflection on the Crest Management Strategy Alignment Success StoryThis month, we shared a Strategy Alignment Success Story from one of our clients – Crest Management. They found themselves in the familiar predicament of companies experiencing fast growth… everyone was working in the business and no one was working on the business. As a result, Crest needed to identify key people to focus on the business through an organizational redesign.Read here as our VP of HR Services, Kristen M...

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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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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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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: 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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Let's Work Together

"Cyanco is the largest supplier of sodium cyanide to the gold mining industry.  We have developed our position through quality product and superior customer care. One of the main reasons we enjoy our partnership with Achilles group is that they work with us to create the structure and the plan on how we can implement large HR ideas. This can be anything from general employee issues to integrating broader HR initiatives to our various locations around the world.My favorite part of our relationshi...

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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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Spotlight On: Dan Calvert

Dan Calvert serves as the President of Achilles Group where he offers a wealth of experience in business, human resources and the retail industry. With over 30 years of business experience and over 20 years of HR experience, Dan offers his clients shrewd business acumen and sound advice.We recently asked Dan to share some information with us on his personal and professional life. Find out here what Dan’s best HR advice is as well as what his day to day might look like!1) What is your day to day ...

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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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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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The Company’s Most Valuable Asset – Its People!

An Employee Reflection on the Crest Management Success StoryThis past month, we shared a Success Story from one of our client’s – Crest Management. We focused on the work that we did to help improve their People Performance through job descriptions. Now that you’ve heard the client’s perspective, we’d like to share an Employees Reflection on why we concentrated on job descriptions as a way to begin the process of investing in and inspiring their people.Read here as our VP of HR Services, Kristen...

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Preparing for New Overtime Regulations

UPDATE: On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor released its final rule on new overtime regulations, raising the salary threshold for exempt status to $47,476. Click here for more information.The Department of Labor is expected to publish final overtime regulations in July. The proposed update to the Fair Labor Standards Act would increase the salary threshold for exempt status from $23,660 to $47,476. That means any employee making less than $47,476 a year would need to be paid time and a half...

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Overcoming HR Obstacles with Gajeske, Inc.

Bob Gajeske, Sr. founded Gajeske, Inc. with a single Houston location in 1986. Over the past 30 years, the family business has expanded to Austin, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth. That kind of successful growth is bound to come with a few personnel challenges along the way.“We had issues making decisions regarding our employees,” Gajeske explained. One of those issues was implementing a process for employee separation - a daunting task for many small and startup business owners. Achilles Group...

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Understanding the Levels of HR Expertise

The Achilles Group Fractional HR approach involves identifying your specific needs, then applying a percentage of our focus on each level and type of HR expertise needed for your situation. We offer four levels of HR expertise: HR Coordinator – a focused, educated HR Contributor with foundational knowledge in most HR disciplines. Able to research and construct HR related policy and compliance procedures and participate in a variety of audits. HR Generalist – an experienced HR Professional comfor...

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Creating a Bond with Remote Employees

With more employees working remotely than ever before, it’s important to make sure everyone feels like a part of the team. Research has consistently found that an engaged workforce is a more productive and profitable workforce, so how can you create a bond with remote employees? Create a “virtual water cooler.” When employees work remotely, they miss out on the casual, face-to-face conversations that take place in the office. Using a tool like Slack, with customized channels for personal topics ...

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