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4 Ways to Compete for Tech Talent in a Candidate’s Market

February 13, 2020

Attracting and retaining talent is a challenge for any employer, and even more so in the last few years with the unemployment rate diminishing and the demand for tech talent increasing. Currently, unemployment is hovering at 3.3%.   A 2020 Emerging Jobs Report from LinkedIn’s Principal Economist shared the types of roles that are expected to continue to be […]

How Employers Can Prepare for the Coronavirus

February 11, 2020

As business and HR leaders, we have an obligation to our employees to ensure a safe workplace for everyone. Recently with the Coronavirus outbreak, our consultants at Helios have been having discussions with our clients about the outbreak and what we can do to ensure a safe workplace for all. Here are a few of […]

What if Super Bowl Monday Became a Paid Holiday?

January 30, 2020

Over the years as an HR practitioner and consultant, I’ve observed many companies trying to come up with unique ways to help lost productivity in the workplace.  I think there are two simple solutions to combat this challenge: (1) We rethink paid holidays and offer one per month. On average, most companies are providing between […]

Virginia’s New Wage Statement Requirements for 2020

January 16, 2020

Did you know as of January 1st this year, Virginia employers are required to provide employees with an itemized wage statement “each regular pay date”? Prior to 2020, employers were only required to provide wage statements upon request. Virginia Code § 40.1-29 has been amended to require nearly all employers operating in Virginia with exceptions […]

Diversity & Inclusion: What’s All the Buzz About?

December 19, 2019

The topic of diversity and inclusion is a hot one right now.  In fact, Helios hosted a sold-out event on the topic earlier this year. We had notable industry leaders come out and speak on what they are doing within their respective organizations on the topic: Patsy Doerr (former head of D&I for Thompson Reuters) […]

New Organ Donation Leave Law is Getting Attention in Maryland

October 30, 2019

Maryland’s new employment laws took effect on October 1, 2019, and one law that seems to have caught people’s attention is the new Organ Donation Leave law. This new law, HB 1284, requires most private employers in the state of Maryland to provide unpaid leave for employees serving as organ or bone marrow donors. Employers […]

How to Integrate HR Systems During a Merger & Acquisition

August 29, 2019

Following a merger or acquisition, HR departments often find themselves immediately overwhelmed with integration activities. Leaders are tasked with consolidating systems and processes while reducing costs, identifying synergies, and ensuring long-term organizational fit. Of course, this is in the midst of ensuring minimal disruption to day-to-day operations for an increasingly anxious and concerned employee population. […]

Has Your Recruiting Evolved for Today’s Modern Workplace?

August 27, 2019

The role of recruiting and the overall hiring process has truly evolved over the years. As a recruiting consultant myself, I’ve seen the wind of change come a long way over the past decade, and a large part of it is due to technical advancements and the war for talent. The hiring method is no […]

Best Ways to Optimize HR Tech for the Employee Experience

August 26, 2019

It’s no secret that technology is changing the way we work, and with so many systems it can be hard to keep track of all the advantages technology brings to business and the employee experience. These days using technology as a tool of employee engagement is about the ease of access and having all pieces […]

Strategic Compensation Practices & Challenges with Pay Compression

June 27, 2019

Many business leaders will agree that people are your most valuable asset and while this intuitively makes a lot of sense, organizations still struggle with human resources strategy.  In today’s United States job market, with low unemployment rates, it is important for HR to be a strategic thought partner to business leaders, ensuring that your […]

How Artificial Intelligence Can Transform Human Resources

April 23, 2019

With technology advancing, an emersion of AI has been a trendy topic of discussion between my peers and clients. A big reason discussions have started is due to Amazon’s AI recruiting tool showing bias towards women with the fear of the “unknown” or even potential job loss. As an HR Consultant in an evolving industry […]

Open Office Concepts: Are They In or Out?

March 31, 2019

Beginning in the early 2000s, open office concepts were the design trend that hit office spaces nationwide. They hit the scene because executives saw them as the perfect place for productivity, collaboration, engagement and to top it off, a way to save money. It seems, this trend may be in need of a makeover. Many […]

Top 4 Ways to Improve the Candidate Experience

March 11, 2019

With the unemployment rate at its lowest point in 50 years, it’s no secret employers are fighting over the best talent and constantly trying to find new ways to attract and retain that talent. I see this competitive market every day as a Senior Recruiting Consultant and I can’t stress enough how important it is […]

Is Candidate Ghosting Becoming a Real Problem in Your Business?

February 21, 2019

What is Ghosting? “Ghosting” is a term borrowed from the social scene, whereby after one or two dates, the prospective love interest disappears and doesn’t respond to texts, calls or emails – just gone, no explanation. Employers across the country are increasingly reporting ghosting situations on the hiring scene now too. It’s when a candidate […]

Top Strategies to Know for Reducing Healthcare Costs in 2019 and Beyond

February 18, 2019

On Friday, January 25, 2019, Helios hosted the Human Capital Impact Forum (HCIF), a program where C-level and HR leaders come to learn, collaborate and adapt human capital programs to support business growth. The topic for this session was “Reducing Healthcare Costs, Strategies to Know for 2019 & Beyond.” Below is a high-level recap of […]

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