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Career Paths: A Best Practice for Retaining Top Talent

August 7, 2015

Why Every Organization Needs Career Paths As leaders, you probably know that hiring the best talent is often your greatest competitive advantage. After you hire the right talent, how do you convince them to stay? A key retention strategy organizations should consider is to outline career paths. Why? It’s simple:...

Problems With Not Having Strategic Employee Recognition Programs

July 13, 2015

As organizations review or implement employee recognition programs, we sometimes forget to look at the impact these programs have on an employee’s feeling of success and value within the organization.  Just providing rewards is not enough for employees.  Particularly those programs that focus on tenure only and not performance. ...

Department Review: Making the Most of Your HR Function

June 15, 2015

At Helios we work with many organizations to conduct effectiveness and compliance audits of their HR Department, which includes a set of interviews with executive team members and employees at all levels of the organization.  One of the first questions that we always ask of all interviewees is, “in...

5 Reasons to Conduct a Review of Your HR Department

May 5, 2015

With spring in the air, the habit of spring cleaning often stretches beyond scrubbing the kitchen and perfecting the landscape around your house to streamlining and organizing your work life as well.  Perhaps you’ve taken a step back and looked at your HR department and thought to yourself “there’s...

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...

How HR Can Solve Common Small Business Problems

December 18, 2014

At Helios, we consider ourselves to be the HR experts. We frequently hear from business leaders, employers, and managers who don’t understand the purpose or value of Human Resources. In fact, in conducting HR effectiveness assessments, the most frequent answer we get from stakeholders when we ask about the...

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.