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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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5 Strategies for Effective Organizational Communication

It’s no secret that great organizations cannot flourish without strong organizational communication. But what does that look like? Here are five strategies for effective organizational communication in the workplace. Create an Environment That Supports Open Communication.Whether it's formal, informal, upward, downward or horizontal communication, it's imperative to cultivate an environment where all team members feel free to express their ideas and share their concerns. Communication within your...

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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 Achilles Group Acts as Both Your Teammate and Coach

Fundamentally, leadership is all about getting others to follow the course you set with full competency and commitment. However, the challenge of a leader is that you’re often too busy to sit down and engage your team in a way that allows them to understand your goals and align under the same strategy, so it helps to speak to the experts!Strategic Alignment—the Achilles Way—begins with a disciplined approach to organizing priorities in a clear, concise way. Achilles Group’s HR Professionals can ...

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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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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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Peanuts, Cracker Jacks®, and People Performance

When you think about winning teams in professional baseball, the New York Yankees are one of the first teams that come to mind. But have you ever thought about why that is? Maybe lots of great players? Well, while they’ve certainly had many amazing players throughout the years, they’ve also been led by fantastic coaches, including Tony La Russa, Casey Stengel, and Joe McCarthy.But what does it take to be a fantastic coach? First, there are the GOOD coaches: those that create a vision for the tea...

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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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Back to School Time!

Back to school is around the corner, if it isn't here for you already! We wanted to put a smile on your face by sharing our back to school photos. Do these sweet faces look familiar?[caption id="attachment_1533" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Olivia Williams[caption id="attachment_1534" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Shaina Schwartz[caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Monica Scott[caption id="attachment_1531" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Kristin Arroyo[caption i...

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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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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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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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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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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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