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Minimize Your Company’s Risk with a Hands-Free Driving Policy!

Recent studies have shown that drivers who use their cell phones while driving—whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device—have a much higher risk of collision than those who do not. In fact, one-in-five car crashes are now related to driver distraction, and texting while driving makes a car accident 23 times more likely to occur! In 2016, there were over 109,000 traffic crashes in Texas involving distracted driving, resulting in over 3,000 serious injuries and at least 450 fatalities...

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5 Tips for Virtual Workforce Engagement

Two of the hot topics in business today—employee engagement and workplace flexibility—can often seem at odds in terms of the virtual workforce. As working from home, at client sites, or second locations has increased, this has led to a decrease in employee engagement; however, there’s more to it than mere distance. The number-one reason virtual employees are disengaged is the same reason why employees quit: their relationship with their supervisor.At Achilles Group, we understand that the value ...

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Humility Is the Key to Rewarding Feedback

Seeking feedback from your employees requires both humility and recognizing your own room for growth, your motives are also equally as important.  For example, do you really want to be great at what you do, or do you want to be seen as great? That distinction is important because it requires the willingness to give up the illusion of positional power in exchange for the ability to be aware of areas of needed growth.If you truly want to be a strong leader, helping others increase their influence ...

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The Importance of Strategy Alignment

Leveraging the Right PrioritiesFundamentally, leadership is about getting others to go in the direction you set with full competency and commitment. The challenge is that you’re often too busy to sit down to agree upon that direction or to take the time to really lay out the strategies that truly focus on your business goals.It’s not that you don’t know your priorities, how to attack the market or solve other business challenges.  However, you probably don’t often collectively gather to collabor...

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Employee Handbooks: A Solid Foundation for Business Growth

An Employee Reflection on the Crest Management Success StoryEarlier this month we shared a Success Story from Crest Management, one of our recent clients. Specifically, we focused on the work that we did to help improve their HR Infrastructure by updating their employee handbook. Now that you’ve heard the client’s perspective, we’d like to share an Employee’s Reflection on why this improvement was key to allowing them to grow more efficiently.Olivia Williams, an HR Coordinator here at Achilles G...

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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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Develop and Encourage Profitability

Have you ever heard someone refer to their job as “just a support role”, or “an administrative position”?  Our focus as Leaders is often fixated on the sales, technical and production roles and we unintentionally overlook the needs and potential of those we assign to “support roles”.  The reality is that administrative and supportive jobs are just as critical to success as is a key component to the operation of an engine.Accordingly, Leaders need to assign focus to the development of these suppo...

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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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Job Descriptions ≠ Job Ads

Writing a job ad that recruits the right candidates.In order to recruit the right candidates, you need a carefully crafted job advertisement. A job description is a document that describes the responsibilities, requirements and working conditions for a position. Usually, it follows a predetermined format that’s designed to meet internal HR requirements, not to appeal to job candidates.A job advertisement is written to attract your target candidate. Just like commercials are designed to sell a pr...

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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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Promises Delivered

"First Presbyterian Church, Houston, first came to Achilles Group after our HR Director we had on staff was leaving. It was our former HR Director that actually recommended that we outsource since it was so hard to find one person to keep up with everything. When researching different firms, we found that the larger firms wanted to come in and take over all of HR and that wasn’t what we were looking for at the time. When Achilles Group came and presented to us, we knew that they were exactly wha...

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Leadership that Starts with the Heart

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, a time to celebrate love and relationships.  And while you don’t always hear the word love when it comes to the workplace, it’s been proven that employees who feel that they work in a supportive, encouraging, caring culture, perform better.At Achilles Group we believe the number one accountability of a leader is to encourage growth in their people.  And the only way to be in position to carry out this accountability is to develop effective relationships.  Yo...

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What Our Clients Say

Achilles Group proactively delivers human resources expertise in a cost effective way. We take a professionally human approach by placing people, yours and ours, at the center of everything that we do.But you don’t have to take our word for it! We recently surveyed our clients about their experience working with us. Here’s what they had to say: Nine out of 10 clients say they would be likely to recommend Achilles Group to a colleague.95% of clients say they are likely to continue doing busi...

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Welcome to our new website

Our website received a fresh, new look this week. It’s mobile-friendly, easier to navigate and you might even see yourself on the home page!Other key features include: Fractional HR page. The results of our most recent client survey indicated that nearly half of clients thought it was hard to understand what we do just from visiting our website. We had to fix that! This page explains our customized approach to HR services. Success Stories. See what current and past clients have to say about us. ...

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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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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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The Benefits of Fractional HR

Some models give you fractional A or B or C. At Achilles Group, we give you Fractional A and B and C! Here are a few benefits of using our Fractional HR approach:1. Reduce stress. Let’s face it: human resources sometimes means dealing with uncomfortable situations. And many of those situations are accompanied by strict compliance regulations. This can add up to a lot of stress, especially if you’re a small or mid-size business owner trying to handle HR issues on your own. Fractional HR can allev...

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7 Tips for Difficult Conversations

No one likes to have difficult conversations. But if you’re a manager, chances are it’s part of your job. When it comes to talking to an employee about poor performance or behavioral issues, there are a few things you can do to help the conversation go as smoothly as possible.Here are seven tips for difficult conversations: Talk specifics. Prior to the conversation, gather specific examples of the behavior or issue you’re preparing to address and the applicable expectation or policy. Stick to th...

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Providing Strategic HR Support to Global Healthcare Alliance, Inc.

Global Healthcare Alliance, Inc. has delivered direct billing support for physician groups since it was founded more than 30 years ago by world-renown heart surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley.Global turned to Achilles Group for strategic human resources support when they experienced an internal HR split between their office and payroll departments. While Achilles Group does not handle payroll, Strategy Alignment is a key component of Achilles’ Fractional HR model.Achilles Group started by getting to k...

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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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