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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 […]

How to Avoid Pay Compression Problems

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 their human capital 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 […]

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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Core Office Hours Vs. Flexible Working & Employee Productivity

December 31, 2018

As our societal norms and technology have evolved, there has been a recent shift to work being completed outside of the traditional office space and office hours. This shift in flexible working has tasked leaders with the responsibility of managing the productivity and expectations for their teams.  Particularly, employees that work in exempt roles. Leaders […]

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 […]