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Remote Work  - Is It Right for Your Houston Business?

The Realities of a Remote Work Force for Small to Mid-sized Businesses   There is no litmus test that will definitively say a remote workforce is the best solution for your business. But there are new realities that need to be factored into people decisions. The effect of the global pandemic shocked the work environment in a short period of time forcing business leaders to pivot and arrange for vast numbers of non-essential workers to work remotely during 2020 and 2021. Now in 2022, althoug...

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Hiring In A Tough Job Market: Our Tips For Success

Has hiring been a struggle for your business?If so, you are not alone.Many companies in Texas are experiencing recruiting woes, with a lack of candidates topping the list. It’s safe to say that it’s a “buyer’s market” on the hiring scene right now. The power lies with candidates, and the recent jobs report further proves this; the US added only 266,000 jobs in April 2021, significantly missing the 1 million expected. This news comes shortly after the jobs report for March 2021 was revised downwa...

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The 7 Habits Book Series Review: Habit #6 – Synergize

The Achilles Team recently read through “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen R. Covey. Last week we discussed the fifth Habit, “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood”. The sixth Habit is “Synergize”. This is all about working together—two heads are better than one. In the chapter on Habit 5, we talked about the importance of listening and truly understanding others. This openness lays the groundwork for Synergize.Achilles Group team member, Jennifer Ray, comments, “Syn...

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What Is A PEO in HR?

What is the difference between a PEO, ASO and HRO? There are many HR options available to the marketplace these days, and while that creates great competition and choice, it also creates a great deal of confusion. We’ll explain the differences between each of these models of human resources outsourcing. WHAT IS A PEO? A PEO is a Professional Employer Organization. Employers are able to bundle payroll, employee benefits, basic HR administration, and Worker’s Compensation together with one provide...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Narrow the Field

The fourth step in Achilles Group’s Recruiting Effectiveness process is to the Narrow the Field or eliminate resumes from your response pool that don’t fit the bill of what you’re looking for in a job candidate. This involves sifting through resumes and conducting phone screens and occurs after you’ve selected your recruiting methods and posted your job opening.Here’s our list of Do’s and Don’ts for sorting through job post responses:DO set aside time to thoroughly review resumes. Doing so will ...

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How does Achilles Group differ from a PEO or ASO? Part 4

In prior posts, we have explained a PEO and an ASO.  So, you may be wondering how Achilles Group differs from a Professional Employer Organization And an Administrative Services Only approach.  There are really three major differences: - Our Level of Expertise, - Our Proactive Engagement Model, - You Get a Designated HR Professional Who Will Guide the Relationship.Because we are not providing payroll and insurance products, we are able to focus solely on your people and conduct a deep and thorou...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Determine Your Top Candidates

Now that you’ve completed the interview process for your job opening, it’s time to determine the top candidates for the role. You might already know who you’d like to hire, or you might feel torn between a few star candidates who are equally qualified for the role. How do you decide on the one final candidate to extend an offer? Keep reading to learn about different assessment methods to identify top candidates.Enthusiastic About the Job – of the candidates that are under consideration, is there...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Close the Deal, Connect & Engage

You’ve finally narrowed down your job candidates and selected one you’d like to hire. Now, it’s time to extend a job offer and on-board your newest employee. Follow these three tips to successfully close the deal, then read through our onboarding checklist to welcome your new-hire to your organization.Closing The Deal  Don’t Waste Time – time is of the essence when it comes to making an offer to your first-pick candidate. Once you’ve made a decision on who you’d like to hire, make haste and make...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Create Sustainability

So, you’ve successfully hired and on-boarded your newest employee. You might think the recruiting process is complete and it’s time to resume your normal job responsibilities. And while part of that is true, the recruiting process is an ongoing initiative.What can be done to proactively educate managers on recruiting practices? The answer is to maintain support for managers through ongoing education and training. The approach and execution will vary by organization, but it’s important to have pr...

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Recruiting Effectiveness: Scoreboard & Metrics

In addition to providing ongoing support and training for your hiring managers, it’s essential to maintain a candidate pipeline, track turnover and create a metrics-driven scoreboard to continually evaluate your organization’s recruiting efforts.Maintaining a candidate pipeline will assist in forecasting and planning your hiring needs. Instead of reacting to a workload crisis and rushing to make a hire, proactively assess your employment needs on a regular basis and look to fill in necessary gap...

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Set Your Sites On This: Achilles Group Launches Refreshed Website

The new year is a time of renewal, refocus and rejuvenation for many, and we at Achilles Group are no exception. Towards the end of 2018, we took a look at our website and realized there was room for growth and improvement. With the help of our marketing partners at NextLevel Thinking, we set forth on a mission to update the look and content of achillesgroup.com. The sum of our brainstorming sessions, creative development, client and team photo shoots, copywriting edits and SEO enhancements woul...

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Better Together: We Work Stronger, Smarter And Faster As A Team

Achilles Group is a team of accomplished human resources professionals that have taken the concept of teamwork, and elevated it to the next level. While we are all HR generalists by trade, each of us specializes in an area of human resources expertise. We speak of ourselves as working stronger, smarter and faster as a team. It is this mentality that enables us to deliver superior human resources support and gives us the fluidity to work with clients from diverse backgrounds and industries.In lat...

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We Are Professionally Human

There are many misconceptions about the world of human resources. As a field, it can be thought of as rigid, dry and black-and-white. Perhaps even inflexible and unforgiving at times. However, not all human resources professionals are cut from the same cloth of conformity. Though bragging isn’t typically in our nature, we at Achilles Group pride ourselves on our Professionally Human approach to business. It’s our business to know your business, and that means getting to know each and every clien...

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Our Values Alignment With Dress For Success Houston

Going "beyond the suit" to provide continuous development for women.[caption id="attachment_4307" align="alignleft" width="432"] The Achilles Team at our 2018 Dress For Success volunteer day.Partnerships express our values as a company. As a Professionally Human organization, we pride ourselves on the investment we make in our people, not just within Achilles Group, but in our clients as well to encourage leadership. Dress For Success Houston’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic ind...

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The 7 Habits Book Series Review: Habit #2 - Begin With The End In Mind

The Achilles Team recently read through "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. Last week we discussed the first habit, "Be Proactive". This week, we're taking a look at the second habit, “Begin with the End in Mind”. This habit is based on the principle that everything is created twice. The first is creativity by wisdom, and the second is practical creation. When we have a great idea, we use our imaginations and self-knowledge to create our idea, which gives us the opport...

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The 7 Habits Book Series Review: Habit #3 - Put First Things First

The Achilles Team recently read through “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. Last week, we discussed the second habit, “Begin with the End in Mind”. The third habit is “Put First Things First”. In this chapter, Covey discusses the importance of organizing and executing tasks and goals to achieve your most important priorities.The third habit is a result of individuals adopting Habits 1 & 2. In Habit 2, we spoke about the importance of our creativity. Habit 3 speaks ...

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PEO, ASO, HRO - Oh No! What Do All of These Mean? Part 3

There are many HR options available to the marketplace these days, and while that creates great competition and choice, it also creates a great deal of confusion.  What is an HRO? So, we have explained a PEO and an ASO. And finally, we’d like to help you understand the definition of an HRO. It stands for Human Resources Outsourcing, and Achilles Group falls into this category.However, with our Professionally Human approach, we are unlike any other HRO. Most HROs available on the market today bas...

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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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