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10-Day Protest Activity Through 9/6: Employee Notice

September 1, 2017

At Helios HR, we are committed to the safety of our clients, team members, partners, and friends. We want to inform you of a planned counter-protest rally scheduled to affect our area and the resources you can take to stay alert and plan accordingly. 10-Day March from Charlottesville to DC Please be advised that a […]

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RPO vs. Retained Search: What’s the Difference?

August 24, 2017

Which Recruiting Model is Best for Your Organization? Now that your organization has decided to seek assistance with your recruiting initiatives through an outside recruiting firm, there are additional decisions to be made. Clients often ask, “Which recruiting model is best for our organization?” Your choice may be a function of many factors, including: the […]

Interim HR Consulting Vs. Temporary Staffing Services

August 22, 2017

Your HR Manager just notified you she is leaving the area.  After sitting down and taking a deep breath, you start thinking…. “Hmm…what do I do now?” The scenarios may sound something like: “Is there anyone internally that can step in for the HR Manager?” “Do temporary staffing agencies provide HR Management staff?” “I wonder […]

5 Considerations in Conducting Performance Evaluations

August 21, 2017

It’s performance evaluation time, and everyone knows these conversations can sometimes be difficult. Whether you’re measuring engagement, presenting feedback, or conversing with your youngest employee, some scenarios will be new and unpredictable. At Helios, we’ve found there are five considerations that can change the entire delivery and reception of performance evaluations. These slight adjustments can […]

Reinventing Performance Reviews with Feedforward

August 17, 2017

How excited are you when someone says they want to “give you some feedback?” Or what about when you hear that it’s time for a Performance Review or Appraisal? What usually follows this ‘helpful information’ exchange? Typically it includes a critique of some sort, or perhaps a blindsided analysis of something gone wrong – all wrapped […]

The 4 Key Factors of Employee Engagement

August 14, 2017

Buzzwords in business are overused to the point of becoming fads at times. We hear phrases daily such as “culture”, “engagement”, “wheelhouse”, “synergy”, “incentivizing”, “strategic”, and the list goes on and on. When these buzzwords become so common in our workplace, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear so many managers and executives misusing these terms […]


July 27, 2017

A trusted and influential bi-lingual HR business leader with more than 15 years experience.  He has managed teams and supported workforces in union and non-union organizations and has worked in challenging environments including start-ups and global organizations.  He excels in a changing or ambiguous environment and can adapt to serve as a change agent or […]

How to Best Reinstate HR with No Gap in Service

July 12, 2017

Often, when an organization loses an HR Director, Benefits Manager, or HR Business Manager for whatever reason, they know that the standard two (or in some cases a bit more) week notice period won’t be enough time to make an offer to the next person to fill the role. While precious handover time slips away, […]

Is RPO Recruiting Right for You?

July 10, 2017

Having an established recruitment process is one of the most important elements to developing and maintaining a successful working organization. While recruiting is often a misunderstood profession, more companies are growing to recognize the importance of establishing a formal recruitment infrastructure, and that there are several different recruitment options that will help them reach their […]

Top 10 Recruiting Firms in the Washington, DC Metro Area

June 27, 2017

Attracting talent continues to be one of the top challenges for organizations in 2017, and identifying the right partner in this endeavor is key.  As a leading provider of HR consulting and talent acquisition services in the Washington, DC metro, we are often asked about other firms offering similar services in the area.  We believe […]

Contingent Workforce Change Management Strategies

June 16, 2017

There is great interest in the topic of Change Management (CM) among my clients these days. I always tell them for a moment, forget the angst that goes along with a new organizational management buzz concept, new models, acronyms, and the “OMG something else to learn anxiety!” Consider this Simple 3-Step Change Management Model: What […]

What Is Long Term Care Insurance?

June 12, 2017

Like most of us, you probably hope or expect your children will take care of you when you are no longer self-sufficient.  Unfortunately, most children will NOT take care of their parents.  Eye opener, right? In this article, I will guide you through the who, what, when, where, why, and how of long term care insurance […]

Need HR? Review Your Options for HR Support Services

June 8, 2017

I am often asked about my thoughts on what kind of HR support a client needs, and what is best for a business “of my size”?  And my answer is almost always the same…it depends. A lot must be considered when determining if the best HR solution for your company. Making the decision between temporary, […]

Hiring an Internal Recruiter Vs. Recruitment Process Outsourcing

June 7, 2017

How to Decide Between Hiring a Recruiter Vs. Recruitment Process Outsourcing I am continually surprised when I speak with executives of growing companies who do not have skilled recruiting resources in place. You may be wondering what the available options are. One option is to hire an internal recruiter. Another option is to outsource recruitment to the experts. […]

The Impact of Having an Effective Salary Structure

May 26, 2017

What an Effective Salary Structure Can Do For Your Business It is common for organizational leaders to dwell on what percentage salary increases to give to employees, how much they should offer to a candidate that they’re looking to hire, or even what compensation should be provided to an employee who has changed jobs internally […]