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4 Best Practices for Virtual Interviewing

March 24, 2020

As we find ourselves in strange times with COVID-19 that may last several more weeks or even months, it’s important to keep business moving forward. And for some organizations, that may mean continuing to build their talent pipeline and hire new employees to support talent needs. Since this is the first time for a lot […]

How Employers Can Exhibit Care During COVID-19

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus, leading to the COVID-19 pandemic, has challenged many business leaders and HR to make decisions quickly that impact the health and well-being of their employees. There is no rulebook that exists when operations drastically change for an indefinite period. How leaders respond in this crisis says a lot about what they value, and […]

Congress Enacts Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 20, 2020

Guest blog originally published by NFP Mid-Atlantic. Congress Enacts Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Including Paid Sick Leave, Expanded FMLA Protections and Mandated COVID-19 Health Insurance Coverage On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the president signed HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA), which contains several different provisions (also called Acts), which are […]

Coronavirus Preparation: Next Steps for Employers

March 4, 2020

As news of the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to circulate, employers are finding themselves facing questions about the virus and the organization’s response to it. This isn’t the first time in US history business has been faced with this challenge (remember SARS and H1N1 as examples), however, the media coverage combined with the uncertainty about the […]

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Community Spotlight: Shelter House

March 2, 2020

“I get excited about our growth as it allows us to give back even more to our community,” my team frequently hears me say. I believe all impactful change happens in community.  Through our work with our clients and the relationships we build, our community is impacted, and it impacts us.   When it comes […]

The Best Onboarding Practices for Employee Engagement & Retention

February 28, 2020

“The real competitive advantage in any business is one word only, which is “people”. – Kamil Toume Almost all employers have enacted a new hire orientation that typically takes place on the first day of employment. As workplaces have evolved over the past decade, they’ve embraced the practice of expanding orientation into an extensive onboarding […]

Human Capital Impact Forum Review of Influence to Impact

February 27, 2020

How Great HR Leaders Build Trusting Partnerships This review is the second-part series in our recap of the February 7th, 2020 Human Capital Impact Forum. Check out my first review of Session One with Ryan Estis on Rethinking HR: The Future of Work and Human Resources. Session Two was on “Influence to Impact: How Great […]

Human Capital Impact Forum Review of Rethinking HR: The Future of Work & Human Resources

February 26, 2020

On Friday, February 7, 2020, Helios continued its tradition of leadership development where senior HR and recruiting professionals come together alongside their business leaders to strategize on business growth at the Human Capital Impact Forum (HCIF). The topic for this first session was “Rethinking HR: The Future of Work and Human Resources”. Ryan Estis, a […]

A Review of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

February 21, 2020

Co-authored by Kathryn Gombos, Senior Compensation Consultant & Hannah Esbenshade, HR Consultant, Helios HR In today’s business climate, leaders are constantly thinking about two areas: new strategies to help propel growth and how to hire and retain the best people. We see leaders face these challenges daily in our roles as HR, recruiters, and leadership […]

How to Best Manage a Company Reorganization

February 19, 2020

I was recently in an HR role for a non-profit that was going through a restructuring. The new CEO (formerly the COO of five years), felt this change would streamline business practices and allow growth for the organization. No matter the industry, this term can seem jarring at first, and especially within a 100-year-old association. […]

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

Authors: Kim Moshlak, Principal Consultant & Connie Maniscalco, Practice Leader, Helios HR 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 […]

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) […]