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The Story of The Man and The Birds, Merry Christmas!

Many stories are heard and told during Christmas, including stories of Santa and his reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. Hallmark movies depict romantic fairytale endings. Comedies portray the joys and struggles of the holidays.But most importantly, every year, we hear the most impactful story the world has ever told. Jesus, the Son of God, the newborn King, was born in Bethlehem to die for our sins.This depiction of an all-powerful God choosing to take human form doesn't always make sense to a lo...

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Benefits of a Mentoring Program for Leadership Development

December has arrived and the holiday season is in full swing. As we reflect upon the year and the blessings bestowed upon us, many of us are in the spirit of giving, and the workplace is no exception. Implementing a mentorship program within your organization is the gift that keeps on giving: not only does it benefit the mentors and mentees, it also provides great returns to your business now and throughout the year. Providing a mentor to a high-potential employee can be one of the greatest bene...

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Celebrate, Praise and Recognize Our People: Techniques to Weave CPR into 2020 Plans

In our last message, we described how we at Achilles Group use the label of “CPR” to remind us how vital it is for teams and organizations to Celebrate, Praise and Recognize people.  As a leader in your organization, if you want to revive your culture, practice a little CPR. Keep reading to learn more about how you can plan CPR into your business culture in 2020.(C)elebration Over the next couple of months, you will likely hold some form of celebration around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year...

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Celebrate, Praise and Recognize Our People

At Achilles Group, we use the label of “CPR” to remind us how vital it is for teams and organizations to Celebrate, Praise and Recognize people. As a leader in your organization, if you want to revive your culture, practice a little CPR:(C)elebrate Wins! Take time to appreciate the completion of a big project. Too often we focus on all that lies ahead and neglect to acknowledge what has been accomplished. Growing up, our Achilles Group managing member, Stan Spaulding, spent a lot of time on a tr...

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Successful Response to Unemployment Claims in Texas

A leader needs to accept and understand the importance of implementing a corrective action and termination process. Following the Corrective Action process lends to a more successful defense with Texas Workforce Commission Unemployment claims.In Texas, if corrective action is used to address misconduct connected with the work, it must meet a very specific definition. Misconduct connected to the work is determined by the employee’s actions; basically, something that the employee does or fails to ...

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Corrective Action: Get your Employee Back on Track

Achilles Group approaches the need for Corrective Action both as an effort to get the employee back on track and to provide an employer with a defensible position if the corrective action ultimately builds to the point of needing to terminate employment. Today’s message provides more valuable insight into Corrective Action and how Achilles Group can work with your leadership team to help get your employees back on track.Let’s start with the basics. What is Corrective Action?Corrective Action, in...

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Stop Chasing the Purple Squirrel. Do These 4 Things Instead.

As a business owner, it’s easy to get stuck in a hiring tailspin when looking for your next employee. In a perfect world, the “right” candidate, or what we like to call “Purple Squirrel”, would deliver their resume straight to your inbox within hours of posting your job, checking off every box and meeting every requirement for the position. In reality, hiring is often much more complicated.When essential attributes get lost in looking for your next perfect hire, follow these tips: Determine the ...

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The Buzz on Marijuana And The Workplace: Guidelines For Employers

Hemp. Cannabis. Edibles. CBD oil. There’s a new frontier in American society, one that remains uncharted territory for millions of people in this country. The frontier we’re referring to is the world of cannabis, otherwise called marijuana, and more specifically how it fits into workplace culture in America. Human resources professionals are the pioneers of this changing drug frontier for employers by steadily navigating the laws, advising business leaders, and crafting risk mitigation policies....

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Proactive Response, The Achilles Way

Achilles is driven to plan and initiate solutions across all areas of service. And, when the unplanned occurs, we engage our team’s extensive experience to provide what we call a Proactive Response. This means that when we intervene to put out a fire, we also dig in to address the root cause. Employee relations issues, team or individual conflicts, claims of harassment, disruptive behavior and serious disciplinary challenges are all symptoms of gaps in one or more areas of leadership, accountabi...

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Cross-Functional Utilization And How It Can Help Your Organization

Cross-functional utilization of employees is a sound philosophy that helps most businesses manage resources in an effective and profitable way. It’s a proactive approach to build and equip the people in your organization with a secondary skillset and broader knowledge of the business so they can jump into another role in a pinch.When an employee is trained in multiple functions across an organization, the team’s ability to respond to a member’s absence or add extra manpower in times of a heavy w...

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Proactive Response

Achilles is driven to plan and initiate solutions across all areas of service. And, when the unplanned occurs, we engage our team’s extensive experience to provide what we call a Proactive Response.  This means that when we intervene to put out a fire, we also dig in to address the root cause. Employee relations issues, team or individual conflicts, claims of harassment, disruptive behavior and serious disciplinary challenges are all symptoms of gaps in one or more areas of leadership, accountab...

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Texas Paid Sick Leave: What This Means For Your Business

SummaryAlthough currently there is no Texas state-wide law that requires private employers to provide paid sick leave in Texas, the cities of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio have each adopted ordinances requiring paid sick leave. Proposed legislation that would have blocked these ordinances from going into effect was introduced during the most recent Texas legislative session. However, as of this writing, no legislation has passed to ban cities from mandating paid sick leave. Because of this, em...

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What Is Human Resources Management?

If you’ve spent any time in the professional world, you’ve likely heard of human resources, which, in short, refers to the people and/or department within an organization that is responsible for managing resources pertaining to employees. Some organizations maintain an internal human resources department, while others, particularly small-to-mid-sized businesses and non-profits, outsource this need to firms that specialize in what is known as “human resources management.”You might be wondering wh...

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How To Create An Employee Development Plan

What Is An Employee Development Plan? As an employer, it is crucial to keep a forward-thinking approach to your business and focus on strategic growth and expansion. Employees are an essential part of any organization’s growth strategy - if you want your business or non-profit to continue to grow, it is necessary to invest resources into the people who will spur its growth. But how do you do this an efficient, effective way? Enter the Employee Development Plan!An Employee Development Plan is def...

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Recruiting In A Hot Job Market

It’s no secret that the job market is the hottest it’s been in 50 years. Because of this, job candidates can afford to be selective about their employment prospects. In order to attract the best candidates to your business, you’ll need to put your recruiting efforts into overdrive.Here are a few tips to enhance your recruiting efforts and close the deal with preferred candidates. Treat Job Candidates with Respect. This might seem obvious, but it can be surprisingly easy to overlook simple measur...

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Happy Easter!

Jesus As A Servant Leader: What We Can LearnAs Easter approaches, we are taking a moment to think about the impact of leadership Jesus had on our world. Market Leadership Journal calculates that 30 percent of the world’s population is Christian. That’s 2.2 billion people! Jesus’ teachings spanned only three years, but the messages He left impacted the world in such a way for the news to spread like wildfire. How did He do it? What can we learn from His leadership skills?Jesus Served Those Around...

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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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The 7 Habits Book Series Review: Habit #7 – Sharpen The Saw

The Achilles Team recently read through "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. Last week we discussed the sixth Habit “Synergize”. Covey’s final Habit is “Sharpen the Saw”. This habit is all about preserving and enhancing the best parts of yourself. Covey looks at four aspects of our nature: physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional/social.Physical: What are you doing to take care of your physical body? Are you eating healthy foods? Are you regularly exercising? Are...

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Dress For Success 2019 Volunteer Event

Many thanks to Dress For Succes Houston for giving us the opportunity to serve our community last week! We not only enjoyed the chance to give back, but also put in some serious team-bonding time while sorting, organizing and folding donated clothing. #dressforsuccess #community#professionallyhuman 

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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