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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 […]

There’s an App for That! The Best On-the-Go Apps for HR

April 18, 2018

It seems like in today’s technology-centered world, there is an application (app) for everything! You could run your whole life on your smartphone if you had the right tools at your fingertips. A lot of companies are cashing in on this trend and creating apps that are convenient to its desktop users. Why not take advantage […]

Tips to Attract & Retain Candidates for “Hot Jobs” in DC

April 11, 2018

What is a “Hot Job”? When I’m working with clients to develop targeted recruiting plans it’s common to encounter positions that require additional planning in order to successfully fill the vacancy. These jobs are those that are in high demand and are often referred to as “hot jobs”. In other words, a “hot job” is […]

How to Choose the Best Learning Management System

April 4, 2018

  Now that you have decided a Learning Management System (LMS) is right for your organization, the next step is to select the right LMS. I won’t be covering the entire project lifecycle from strategy alignment, budgeting, resource allocation, requirements gathering, etc., and instead, want to boil down some of the main features and functionality […]

Collecting a New Point of View with Employee Surveys

March 28, 2018

In these times of working leaner and meaner, we find ourselves trying to figure out how to do more with less.  We need our employees to be heavily engaged in the work they are doing for us to ensure they are as productive as possible. According to a Gallup Study, The State of the Global Workplace, […]

The Top 5 Ways Role Clarity Can Financially Benefit an Organization

March 22, 2018

What is Role Clarity? The simplest way of describing role clarity ties back to the basic question of whether an organization can clearly describe the duties and responsibilities associated with a role and the accompanying baseline requirements that an individual needs to have in order to effectively perform the role. Creating and maintaining an environment […]

How to Know What Type of HR Leader Your Business Needs

March 20, 2018

  Human resources professionals do not all come with the same set of gifts and talents to bring to organizations based on different stages of maturity. Know your organization, understand its needs and you will find the best Human Resources Leadership for your business’s lifecycle. What Start-ups should look for in an HR Leader For new […]

HR Compliance Resources Available for Federal Contractors

February 28, 2018

This blog is Part Three of a three-part series on HR-related Federal Contracting compliance: Part One addresses the process to follow to determine the applicability different federal regulations to your company; Part Two provides a walkthrough and checklist to determine the applicability of specific laws and executive orders; and Part Three discusses compliance resources that […]

Are Your Employees Feeling the Love?

February 14, 2018

With Valentine’s Day and Employee Appreciation Day around the corner on March 2nd, it’s a good reminder to check in on your employee engagement. Not only is an engaged culture more fun to work in, creating a culture that embodies happiness and satisfaction just makes cents! (Pun-intended.)  Effective human capital practices can and will, lead to positive […]

What is an LMS and is it Right for Your Organization?

February 13, 2018

Year over year we find that leaders from organizations of all sizes and industries share that employee and leadership development are among the top challenges that they face in their business. Is this true for you? To address this challenge head-on requires an organization undertake a system-wide approach, and one of the critical components typically […]

Best Practices for HR Goal Setting

January 31, 2018

As you guide your leaders and employees through the process of setting their goals for the coming year, it’s important to set a great example. Demonstrate a strong performance mindset by leading with your own plans for the coming year. Ensure all are bound in your company’s overall goals and target the HR pain points […]

2018 Shutdown: What Happens Next? Considerations for Federal Contractors

January 21, 2018

Considerations for Contractors with the Government Shutdown The government shutdown of 2013 lasted 16 days. Fortunately, we have just heard that the House, Senate, and the Executive Office have found common ground and the government has reopened after day 3. There’s still a chance, however, that after February 8th, we could find ourselves in a […]