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Excel Your Hiring Practices in 2016: A Recruiting Process Review

January 20, 2016

If you are like me, you’ve probably made at least one or two New Year’s resolutions like going to the gym more or tackling some projects around the house this year. What about resolutions at work?  Sure, you probably know the timeline for required reporting and plan accordingly each year, but what...

Thriving vs. Surviving: What Choice Do You Make?

January 11, 2016

What’s Preventing You From Thriving? Last week I published a post entitled “What’s getting in our way?” and encouraged readers to give thought to one word that depicted something they needed in order to thrive.  For me that answer came rather readily.  I need a connection. I need to ‘feel...

Need Vs. Want: What’s Getting In Our Way?

January 4, 2016

Each turn of the calendar to January has always brought to me a renewed energy, excitement and focus. Unlike my daughter who laments taking down the Christmas decorations and while I love having them fill our home with warmth, joy and tradition, I look forward to the tree going...

Why Organizations Need New Performance Review Processes

October 28, 2015

We’ve all been there… You filled out your annual self-evaluation. Your manager reviewed it. Your manager reviewed your performance and sent their review and your self-review to your second level manager for review and approval. You have a meeting with your manager to review the appraisal. You sign off...

How to Become a Best Place to Work – Ask for Employee Feedback

October 15, 2015

Human capital is your most important asset.  A lot of organizations talk about this in executive speeches, marketing materials and advertisements. If you are one of these organizations, what are doing to support this statement? Are you actively reaching out to your employees to listen to what they have...

The Best Tips to Study for Professional HR Certifications

October 7, 2015

PHR and SPHR Vs. SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP: What’s the Difference? In several industries, professionals have the option to obtain certifications in their area of expertise. Many companies require certifications as insurance that their employees have the knowledge necessary to perform the job they were hired for. In the HR world, having...

How to Create the Best HR Function: Link to the Business Strategy

September 30, 2015

Often at Helios, we are approached by CEOs and Human Resource executives who want to redefine HR’s role from being administrative to a role that strategically defines how the organization’s goals will be achieved through its people. And it makes sense why leaders want to get more from HR...

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,...