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Pros Vs. Cons of Personality Assessments

May 22, 2014

Pros Vs. Cons of Workplace Personality Assessments Today, I see more and more of our clients utilizing personality assessments in their hiring and employee development practices. In fact, according to Psychology Today, about 80% of Fortune 500 companies use personality tests to assess potential and current employees to make...

Three Best Work-Life Benefits for Attracting, Retaining, and Engaging Employees

May 19, 2014

Innovative benefits can strengthen employee engagement at your company by showing employees their organization cares about them as a person and not just as a number. Work-life benefits take into account an employee’s life inside and outside of work and are also a great way to attract potential employees....

Do You Know Why Your Employees Are Leaving?

May 8, 2014

Push Vs. Pull: Why Your Employees Are Leaving? There are many reasons that employees leave an organization, and it is important to understand, track, and analyze those reasons. In order to retain and engage employees, your organization should make an effort to understand if employees are being pushed or...

Best Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

May 5, 2014

The job market is slowly but surely recovering from the 2007-2009 recession. As hiring increases across the United States, more and more people are leaving their jobs voluntarily. In fact, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, since the recession, the number of voluntary separations has increased by...

Best Ways to Make Sure Your New Hire’s First Year is Successful

April 21, 2014

As managers, we've all been there: Human Resources contacts you and asks you to be a manager for a new employee who is starting in two weeks. So, what do you do? Well, the first step is to understand that an employee’s relationship with their manager is one...

Review of Gamification: The Best New Tech Tools in HR

March 23, 2014

HR is playing games with you! Believe it or not, in a growing trend, businesses are using gaming in a variety of human resources (HR) functions including hiring, leadership development, and employee recognition. Gamification is a combination of behavioral science and technology that provides companies with great tools for...

5 Best HR Metrics To Improve Strategic Business Objectives

March 21, 2014

Through the use of HR metrics, an organization is provided with insights for how to effectively streamline the management of their human capital with business goals and objectives. HR metrics point out opportunities for improvement in terms of how the Human Resources department is supporting the business and meeting...

Best Ways to Engage Your Employees

March 11, 2014

At Helios, our mission is to support enlightened leaders in attracting, retaining and engaging their workforce. By engaging employees, organization leaders are creating an environment where everyone is at work because they want to be. Employee engagement is not only beneficial to productivity, but also has a direct...

Pros Vs. Cons with Unlimited PTO Policies

February 3, 2014

At Helios, we have had a number of clients implement Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) policies. This approach to leave is a growing trend for innovative companies working in all industries. Numerous companies are utilizing unlimited PTO to encourage a culture of freedom and responsibility. Pros of Unlimited PTO...

The 4 Best Guidelines to Follow for Employee Recognition

December 30, 2013

Winter is the time for hot cocoa, snow days, and holidays. It is also often the time for annual performance reviews and budgets. With this in mind, how can you take the opportunity this season to effectively recognize your employees without blowing the bank? If you follow the...

Managers Vs. Leaders – What’s the Difference?

November 26, 2013

Every day I hear the terms “manager” and “leader” used interchangeably. However, when you really start to explore what it means to be a leader, you will find that there are distinct and important differences between the two titles. While a manager can be a leader, the two terms...

CEO Spotlight: Kathy Albarado on Leadership

November 18, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with our founder, President, and CEO of Helios HR, Kathy Albarado to pick her brain on leadership. As Kathy’s passion is working with enlightened leaders to build a culture that attracts, retains and engages exceptional people, I wanted to find out...

Up or Out Policies for Organizations: Everything You Need to Know

November 5, 2013

Have you ever considered an Up or Out personnel policy? While traditionally used in the military and academics, I recently had a client shift their career development approach to an Up or Out policy in order to attract, retain, and motivate high performing individuals. What is an Up or...

M&A: How to Avoid Employee Communication Problems

July 30, 2013

Change is everywhere. We see it all of the time. And let’s face it, change is scary. At Helios, our clients are constantly faced with changes. One of the biggest and scariest of these changes is a merger and acquisition. So how do you keep your employees motivated and engaged...

How to Define Organizational Competencies

June 19, 2013

Interested in learning how to define your company's core competencies? Read this article to help get you started!