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Goal Setting

Do You Live a Life of Intention?

February 13, 2015

We see it every day: you are busy, you are stressed, and moreover, we see you losing touch with the things that matter most to you. These days, countless numbers of proverbial cups are running over and all we can see is the spillover. We are so busy we...

5 Ways to Best Identify and Cultivate Leaders

January 30, 2015

A few things have been going through my mind recently: Football, Leadership and Performance Management. While these three topics sound disjointed, hang on for the ride – there is a touchdown at the end of this! Obviously, I have been thinking about football with the Super Bowl happening this...

The Biggest Problems Companies Make with Management Training

November 6, 2014

So your company has made the excellent decision to invest in management or leadership training. You are excited about the potential for change and ready to see improvement in your workforce. But, are you really doing everything you can as an organization to make the training effective? At Helios,...

Sample Pre- and Post-Offer Self Identification Forms to Comply with New OFCCP Regulations

June 23, 2014

As a government contractor with 50 employees and $50,000 in government contracts, you are required to have an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP).  Much of the information that goes into your AAP is collected from your applicants and employee population by providing them with an invitation to voluntarily self-identify. On...

Engaging your team… articulate the behaviors that lead to success.

April 9, 2014

Do you get the sense that your employees feel undervalued and/or unappreciated, but you can’t figure out why? You’ve done everything you can think of in making your salaries competitive, offering comprehensive benefits, implementing employee recognition programs, yet the employee morale just isn’t where you think it should be....

Key Components of Talent Acquisition vs. Recruiting

February 28, 2014

How to Establish the Best Career Mentor Relationship for Professional Development

January 31, 2014

Have you ever thought about using a cost effective, long-term strategy that will help take your career, knowledge or professional presence to the next level? There are times that we feel a desire to improve upon ourselves, but a course or a workshop may not be the solution....

The Best Considerations for a Cost Effective and Fun Weight Loss Program

January 24, 2014

It’s the New Year! The time is upon us once again when we, along with many of our friends and colleagues, embrace the symbolic opportunity to begin anew, embrace forgotten goals, realign dreams and LOSE WEIGHT! I’m sure we have all experienced the wave of new diets, spike...

Engaged Employees vs. Disengaged Employees – Determining Your Workforce

January 15, 2014

Let's face it, engaged employees drive your business. Think of the employee who is aligned with the mission and vision of the organization...s/he produces quality work with a great attitude, "thinks outside the box" and creates new and exciting ways of improving productivity and affecting the bottom line. But...

How to Best Fill Out the Application for the Helios Apollo Awards

January 14, 2014

At Helios, we believe in providing a collaborative environment for thought leadership to thrive. In 2007, we decided to create a community of sharing by hosting the first Apollo Awards program to inspire Washington leaders on the impact employee development can make in an organization and the community.

How to Develop the Best Wellness Program for Your Organization

December 26, 2013

The health of your human capital should be one of your organization’s top priorities year after year. All levels of management should be just as concerned about this issue as they are other financial objectives and goals you are trying to achieve. Studies have shown a healthy and engaged...

The Problems of Setting Goals for the New Year: They Must Be SMART!

December 12, 2013

Each one of us is in control of our future. Whether we want to improve ourselves in our current job, striving for a promotion or new position, we must create a plan to help us achieve our aspirations. Goals help you to create an outline of what...

What is Gratitude really? And why does it matter?

November 6, 2013

Merriam-Webster defines being ‘grateful’ as: grate·ful adjective ˈgrāt-fəl: feeling or showing thanks: feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act Seems easy enough. Until you get to the office. A survey of 2,007 people for the John Templeton Foundation of West Conshohocken, PA, found that the workplace is the last place people express gratitude. On average, only 10% of adults thank a colleague each day, and worse than that, only 7% express gratitude to a boss daily. And 60% said they “either never express gratitude at work or do so perhaps once a year.”

Managing Performance: How to Give An Employee Feedback for Poor Performance

September 26, 2013

As HR consultants, clients often approach us seeking guidance on how to manage an employee who is under performing in their current role.  By the time a manager has decided to approach HR with the situation they are often frustrated with the poor performance and are seeking HR intervention.  ...

Top 10 Accelerators in Growing a Company

September 11, 2013

Recently I was interviewed by Ingar Grev of The Strategic Business Forum. Ingar was interested to hear about what has worked for me as an entrepreneur, contributing to the success of Helios, and what advice and counsel would I give my colleagues—basic 'lessons learned' as a CEO. How appropriate...