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Politics at Work: FAQ’s Around Election Time

April 26, 2016

Around election time, we hear a couple of questions that consistently come up by our clients. Time off for voting, the do’s and don’ts of how to handle politics in the workplace, and most importantly, how to encourage voter participation. Find out how I respond to these questions below!...

Is Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) Right for Your Business?

April 15, 2016

The idea of employees having an unlimited amount of paid time off (PTO) is a more complicated proposition than it sounds. There’s already a great article on our site that discusses the pros and cons of unlimited PTO plans, and this particular article focuses specifically on the suitability of...

Transgender Equality Review – Is your Organization Prepared?

March 30, 2016

The Federal Government has spent a significant amount of time attempting to assure equality throughout the United States’ workforce. Whether it is ensuring the EEO statement includes gender identity, sexual preference or genetic information; ensuring there are not vast discrepancies between the salaries of men vs. women or based...

Why You Should Review Culture in an M&A Transaction

March 27, 2016

Recently, I attended the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Gov Con Symposium in Tysons. My favorite session was a panel about Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and how expanding M&A activity has and will continue to reinvigorate the industry.  Throughout the session, we heard a lot about the books of...

Review Your Company Culture: The Top 5 Things That Matter

March 24, 2016

Culture develops in every organization. Employers can intentionally guide the environment with visible, well-developed values. Integral to creating a cohesive and collaborative environment in the face of change and conflict, particularly with mergers and acquisitions is an honest assessment of the current climate. Whether organizations are looking to enhance...

How to Write an Employee Survey to Get the Best Results

March 21, 2016

All joking aside, there are lots of reasons why our clients call us to help them conduct an employee survey: they want to know why turnover is so high; they want to know the satisfaction levels of employees with regards to their jobs and benefits offered; they want to...

5 Tips to Boost Trust in an Organization

March 17, 2016

Is a Lack of Trust Driving Away Your Success? As a leader, your priorities are vast. However, nothing takes a higher priority than building trust in your team and organization. Without trust, you get high turnover, reduced performance and revenue, and a lot of stress. With trust and a...

A Review of the Hottest Word: Culture

March 14, 2016

In 2014, Merriam-Webster announced “Culture” as the top word of the year as shown by the increase in look ups over the prior year.  Not surprising as it seems to appear in regular conversations more frequently.  As it relates to organizational culture, we’re referring to the unwritten expectations of what...

FMLA vs. Maternity Leave: Best Practices

February 26, 2016

Gain Higher Employee Engagement with Paid Family Leave Deciding between work and family should never be a concern an employee is required to make.  When our clients understand those values and implement programs to create a better work/life balance, we see time and time again higher employee engagement and...

How to Avoid Workplace Gossip Problems and Maintain a Great Culture

January 29, 2016

It’s Monday, and you’re getting your morning coffee. Just as you stir in the perfect combination of creamer and sugar, here comes your co-worker Susie who appears to be very frustrated and says, “I cannot tell you how annoying Jay has become lately. Ever since he got promoted, he...

Reclassifying Employees? Top Problems to Avoid

November 3, 2015

The Cultural Problems of Reclassifying Exempt Employees to Non-Exempt under FLSA In June 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a key change to the provisions for determining exemption from overtime by raising the minimum standard level for salaried workers from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $970...

Are You Reviewing Your Organization’s Evolving Work-Life Balance Practices?

October 21, 2015

Defining “work-life balance” is difficult. Eventually, as you stay committed to finding what works for your organization, the definition becomes less nebulous. At Helios, our definition centers around integration instead of balance. When we first start, we work with our mentors and team leads to determine what works for...

How to Find the Best HR Outsourcing Company

July 26, 2013

Have you considered outsourcing HR, but are concerned about loosing your company culture? Read here to learn our take on it.