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Performance Management

5 Considerations in Conducting Performance Evaluations

August 21, 2017

It’s performance evaluation time, and everyone knows these conversations can sometimes be difficult. Whether you’re measuring engagement, presenting feedback, or conversing with your youngest employee, some scenarios will be new and unpredictable. At Helios, we’ve found there are five considerations that can change the entire delivery and reception of...

Reinventing Performance Reviews with Feedforward

August 17, 2017

How excited are you when someone says they want to “give you some feedback?” Or what about when you hear that it’s time for a Performance Review or Appraisal? What usually follows this ‘helpful information’ exchange? Typically it includes a critique of some sort, or perhaps a blindsided analysis of...

Do You Know the Real Cost or Value of Your Employees?

March 16, 2017

One KPI You Should Be Tracking! Now that the first quarter is almost over, it is time to focus on how the strategic goals set for 2017 are tracking to last year’s results. Organizations spend an immense amount of time and resources tracking revenue and retention of clients, as...

Incentive Program Design Project Review: A Client Success Story

December 5, 2016

The Incentive Plan Problem A growing consulting firm with employees across the United States and internationally engaged with Helios HR to enhance their current incentive plan to align with the current and future business strategy.  This business had previously designed and implemented a successful incentive program to drive the...

Don’t Let Metro’s SafeTrack Plan Create Employee Engagement Problems Too!

June 7, 2016

Metro’s SafeTrack program began this weekend and I heard a loud groan resonate throughout the entire DC Metro area when the schedule was announced. While everyone is complaining about Metro’s SafeTrack plan to accelerate track maintenance and squeeze three years’ worth of work into one year, we have to...

M&A Integration: Communication as a Best Practice to Mitigate Attrition

May 25, 2016

Regardless of the nature of the transaction, during a merger or acquisition, all employees find themselves surrounded by change, impacting everything from organizational culture to the snacks in the kitchen.   From here it is an exercise in simple logic – with change, comes uncertainly – with uncertainty, comes attrition. ...

A Review of the Top Nonprofit Career Development Trends Today

May 20, 2016

Globally, the workforce is getting older while also getting younger, creating the perfect conditions for leadership challenges. And that means, no matter where an employee works around the globe today, they probably work for an organization struggling to retain its talent. According to Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016 report, 28%...

5 Tips to Best Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

May 17, 2016

As a consultant in the field of Human Resources, I am often approached for guidance on how to conduct a difficult conversation in the workplace.  I’ve had COO’s come to talk through how to share with their CEO (and boss!) that their contributions in staff meetings are negatively impacting...

How to Fall in Love with Job Descriptions…Forever

April 14, 2016

Over the course of my career and consulting with clients, it is not very often I come across professionals that actually like job descriptions. In fact the mere mention of job description development makes most Human Resource professionals cringe and find reason to change the subject. I, on the...

How to Best Maximize Your ROI with Effective Recruiting

April 5, 2016

I’ve noticed a recurring theme when engaging in Human Resources (HR) consulting and interacting with organization leaders; they don’t all agree on the value that HR can provide to their organization, but they all understand the critical importance of recruiting. (For the record, effective HR has a huge positive...

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...

Succession Planning Review: Do you have a Winning Team in Place?

February 5, 2016

Succession Planning: A Team Review To remain relevant organizations of all sizes must stay agile in order to respond to market changes.  Planning is essential to keeping competitive edges sharp with the knowledge leaders; the talent, in the right place at the right time. Therefore…the best defense is a great...

5 Types of Employees Who May Be Creating Problems in Your Business

January 25, 2016

As an HR Consultant, I have worked in a number of organizations varying in size, industry, structure, mission and culture.  While each organization may be unique, every organization I have worked with has one thing in common – the problem employee. The problem employee can show up in a...

When to Let Go: A Review of the 4 Main Reasons for Employee Terminations

December 29, 2015

At some point or another while running your business, you unfortunately will likely need to let someone go, also referred to as a separation or termination of employment.  Typically, businesses run into these reasons because either they are cutting costs or have someone performing poorly at their job. Majority of states across the nation,...

Why Organizations Need New Performance Review Processes

October 28, 2015

We’ve all been there… You filled out your annual self-evaluation. Your manager reviewed it. Your manager reviewed your performance and sent their review and your self-review to your second level manager for review and approval. You have a meeting with your manager to review the appraisal. You sign off...