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How to Create an Effective Onboarding Program

November 21, 2018

  Now more than ever, employers are examining and expanding their engagement and retention efforts in order to remain competitive in their respective industries. With approximately 60 to 70 percent of all separations being voluntary, employers are reshaping the employee lifecycle to ensure their teams are engaged and committed to the organization.  One way that […]

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Job Titles, Job Descriptions and their Impact on your Business

November 15, 2018

Many of my clients are surprised when I share that a proper job title and well-written job description are two fundamental building blocks in a successful search for the right employee. Both a job title and the description are the first impressions an applicant has of your company, and it is essential that they are […]

Developing Future Leaders: Are Leaders Born or Made?

October 29, 2018

Are leaders born or made? This is an interesting question that comes up often in client discussions around developing future leaders. For decades in our society, this has been a lifelong debate of nature versus nurture. It’s as if we think that once we can answer this question, we can unlock the mystery/challenge of identifying […]

Pros Vs. Cons: Wearable Smartwatches in the Workplace

October 8, 2018

Technology is always innovating, and employees rely on business leaders to keep-up with the changes in today’s modern workplace. One trend that is continuously gaining popularity is wearables, specifically smartwatches like the Apple Watch or Wear OS, which allows users to stay connected to their smartphones from afar. While these wearables may seem like a […]

Preparing for the Federal Government Fiscal Year End

September 6, 2018

If you look up Federal Government Fiscal Year End, here is what you would find on the Wikipedia page: The United States federal budget for the fiscal year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, was named America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. It was the first […]

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10 Ideas to Enhance the Employee Experience

August 21, 2018

The employee experience, otherwise known as EX, is a hot topic right now in the corporate world, but what is it? The employee experience is the summation of the events an employee experiences throughout his or her career lifecycle with an organization. From the very first phone screen to the exit interviews and every interaction […]

Top 4 Strategies for Training and Developing Your Remote Workforce

August 17, 2018

Today’s workforce is remote and it tends to be the hardest to develop and train due to the lack of personal interactions as face-to-face communication is not always possible. I think we can both agree that having well-trained employees is vital to operating a successful business. Leaders like you often come to us for new […]

How Investing in Learning and Development Helps Retain Employees

August 13, 2018

In today’s global and highly competitive market, business leaders are constantly challenged by inventing creative solutions to improve their services and products. Only highly-skilled, motivated and engaged top talent can successfully navigate in a fast-paced, demanding and constantly evolving work environment. It is becoming increasingly clear that, in order to attract and retain said talent, […]

Payroll Vs. HR: How the Departments Work Best Together

July 24, 2018

Does Payroll fall under Human Resources? Across various clients over the years, I have encountered different departmental structures. Sometimes Payroll is housed in the HR department, other times HR is housed in the Finance department along with Payroll, or both functions are separated into two completely different departments.  There is no right or wrong way.  What […]

How Employers Can Best Manage & Support PTSD

May 30, 2018

National PTSD Awareness Day is coming up around the corner on June 27th and I thought this would be a good time to shed light on the topic. More and more we hear about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the workplace. According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 3.5% of […]

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 each of the unique clients in […]

5 Pitfalls to Administering a Compliant Retirement Plan

May 16, 2018

When I began consulting, I always knew I would be helping companies solve HR problems.  In fact, that was the reason I was there! What has surprised me the most is the number of retirement plan account problems I have encountered throughout my time with Helios. Administration of retirement plans is a complex task and […]

How to Ensure You’re Not Overpaying Employees By Market Pricing Jobs

May 9, 2018

Most organizations that I consult with aren’t trying to play games with how they compensate their staff. Quite simply, they just want to pay their employees fairly and competitively! While this seemingly straightforward goal is absolutely attainable with a combination of market pricing and sensible HR administration, organizations oftentimes don’t take the proper steps to […]

Compliant & Competitive Leave Programs for Small Business

May 2, 2018

Throughout my time as an HR consultant, I have worked with companies of all sizes, but for the purpose of this article, I wanted to focus primarily on small business.  When talking about policies and compliance topics one of the first questions companies ask is about the different types of leave and FMLA. To put it […]

How to Successfully Establish HR Metrics that Last

April 25, 2018

HR metrics are measurements intended to be aligned with business and HR strategic goals. Metrics can be mathematically very simple and the most effective ones are typically those that can be easily understood and communicated. This blog details the process to follow to ensure that the HR metrics that you’re creating and using are of […]