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Tips for a Successful Partnership with Your HR Consultant

May 23, 2018

Helios HR consultants partner with a variety of organizations that bring different cultures, missions, values, priorities, and expectations to the table. You will often hear us say there are no two engagements that are alike, which is why we pride ourselves in offering a truly tailored solution to fit...

FAQ Clients Ask About Helios HR

May 2, 2017

Why Helios? As new consultants join the growing Helios HR team, they often ask me what I like most about working at Helios.  I always take a moment to reflect on that question and to date, my response has always been, “our team”.  When I say our team, I...

How to Verify I-9 Documents for Remote Employees

January 18, 2017

As HR consultants, we are all too familiar with the Form I-9 and the requirement of all US employers to complete and maintain a form for each employee hired into their organization. Yet, in many organizations when we conduct an HR compliance audit, we find there to be some...

Incentive Program Design Project Review: A Client Success Story

December 5, 2016

The Incentive Plan Problem A growing consulting firm with employees across the United States and internationally engaged with Helios HR to enhance their current incentive plan to align with the current and future business strategy.  This business had previously designed and implemented a successful incentive program to drive the...

How to Know if Your Business Needs Strategic HR

November 9, 2016

“Strategic HR”. It’s a buzzword in the HR industry that has been around for some time and I anticipate it will be around for a while longer. This concept of strategic HR is floated frequently and it’s quite possible that like many other business owners, you find yourself asking...

5 Tips to Best Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

May 17, 2016

As a consultant in the field of Human Resources, I am often approached for guidance on how to conduct a difficult conversation in the workplace.  I’ve had COO’s come to talk through how to share with their CEO (and boss!) that their contributions in staff meetings are negatively impacting...

EEOC Review: The Top 8 Areas of Focus for 2016

April 1, 2016

I had the opportunity to attend NOVA SHRM’s 2016 Legal Academy and gained a wealth of information about current and potential future legislation and how it impacts businesses in the DC metro area.  One of the speakers was Martin S. Ebel,the Director of Field Management Programs at the Equal...

What You Need to Know About Joint Employment: a DOL Interpretation Review

March 8, 2016

On January 20, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2016 -1 on the subject of Joint Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).  If you a) have never heard of the concept of joint employment...

5 Types of Employees Who May Be Creating Problems in Your Business

January 25, 2016

As an HR Consultant, I have worked in a number of organizations varying in size, industry, structure, mission and culture.  While each organization may be unique, every organization I have worked with has one thing in common – the problem employee. The problem employee can show up in a...

Service Contract Act 101: A Review of the Regulations

November 9, 2015

Service Contract Act FAQ’s Much like the word “union”, the term “SCA” can make almost any HR professional shudder from compliance fear.  In my experience when consulting with clients, this fear is derived from a lack of understanding the regulations contained within the Service Contract Act.  Below we will break...

3 Common Problems with Employee Recognition

August 27, 2015

Wait a minute… aren’t HR professionals typically writing about how important employee recognition is within an organization?  You may be a little thrown off by the title…well let me ease your mind, this blog will reiterate the fact that employee recognition plays a vital role in employee morale.  The...

When to Hire an Employment Attorney Vs. an HR Consulting Firm

August 5, 2015

Employment law, along with ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations, are two significant aspects of managing a workforce. They are both also convoluted and can cause an organization a lot of headache if not approached appropriately.  Not only are Federal regulations complex and constantly evolving, it’s important to...

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...

Pros Vs. Cons of Employee Self-Evaluations

May 21, 2015

As HR professionals, we at Helios are big advocates of Performance Management. Performance Management encompasses planning for: performance (providing clear job descriptions and setting goals), on-going coaching, counseling and feedback (regularly occurring manager and employee communication), and evaluating performance (performance appraisals). While each of these aspects of managing performance is equally important, this blog’s...

Benefits Review: Affordable Care Act Updates in Greater Washington

May 17, 2015

  At Helios we have the benefit of partnering with The Meltzer Group, one of the largest Benefits Brokers in the area, who gives us constant insight on the latest benefits compliance and every HR Professional’s favorite topic – Affordable Care Act.  Last week, one of our partners from The...