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Performance Management

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...

How to Best Leverage the Total Rewards Concept

September 11, 2015

I’ve recently been noticing something interesting when I tell people in social situations that I work for an HR consulting company. Instead of asking whether I help organizations ‘run payroll and fire people‘, I’ve been hearing individuals say a lot of things like, ‘so, you work with new things...

Career Paths: A Best Practice for Retaining Top Talent

August 7, 2015

Why Every Organization Needs Career Paths As leaders, you probably know that hiring the best talent is often your greatest competitive advantage. After you hire the right talent, how do you convince them to stay? A key retention strategy organizations should consider is to outline career paths. Why? It’s simple:...

Problems With Not Having Strategic Employee Recognition Programs

July 13, 2015

As organizations review or implement employee recognition programs, we sometimes forget to look at the impact these programs have on an employee’s feeling of success and value within the organization.  Just providing rewards is not enough for employees.  Particularly those programs that focus on tenure only and not performance. ...

Coaching vs. Mentoring…What’s the Difference?

June 16, 2015

I recently watched a movie on television called Coach Carter.  In this true story, Samuel L. Jackson plays Coach Ken Carter, a well-groomed, highly respectful, professional basketball coach who steps into Richmond High School in California in 1999 to coach the high school team.  Coach Carter finds the team...

Department Review: Making the Most of Your HR Function

June 15, 2015

At Helios we work with many organizations to conduct effectiveness and compliance audits of their HR Department, which includes a set of interviews with executive team members and employees at all levels of the organization.  One of the first questions that we always ask of all interviewees is, “in...

Problems in the Workplace: When Good Leaders Turn Bad…

June 11, 2015

In the scope of my work, I observe many leaders every month.  I see great ideas executed flawlessly, and I see great ideas that don’t take off too well.  When that happens, the leader and I often spend a great deal of time defining why the idea didn’t go...

Four Ways to Best Coach and Develop Your Direct Reports

June 9, 2015

Have you ever been faced with staffing a project and knowing that the team members with the most experience do not have the bandwidth to complete the work? In these situations you are often faced with the thought of risking the quality of work versus risking the potential sanity...

The Best Ways to Retain Top Talent in Any Business

May 30, 2015

We hear a lot about the idea of retaining our top workforce. HR Professionals often promote formalized retention plans, rewards and recognition systems, enhanced performance management programs and clear career paths as tools to help ensure you keep your valuable employees. To design and implement all of these programs...

Pros Vs. Cons of Employee Self-Evaluations

May 21, 2015

As HR professionals, we at Helios are big advocates of Performance Management. Performance Management encompasses planning for: performance (providing clear job descriptions and setting goals), on-going coaching, counseling and feedback (regularly occurring manager and employee communication), and evaluating performance (performance appraisals). While each of these aspects of managing performance is equally important, this blog’s...

The Cost of a Failed International Assignment & What to Do Instead

April 9, 2015

Though international work experience has definite benefits for both employees and the businesses they support, the cost of a failed assignment cannot be ignored. Depending on the assignment package and location, some international assignments can cost a company three to four times the base salary. Failure can come in...

How to Develop and Retain the Best Millennials for Your Team

March 26, 2015

We keep hearing that Millennials seem to be more liberal with time in that they come in and leave the office on their own schedule. That they quit every six months or have unreal expectations on promotions. They are often referred to as “Generation We”, the “Boomerang Generation”, and...

Best Reason to Apply Discipline to Direct Reports

March 6, 2015

Disciplining an employee – probably not one of the top reasons you decided to become a manager or supervisor. Other reasons would probably include increased compensation, the “fabulous” strategic planning trips held in exotic locations or the coveted corner office. While these reasons are meant to be interpreted in...

Performance Reviews: Solve the 3 Biggest Problems

January 31, 2015

As we wrap up January 2015, many organizations have closed out the 2014 end of year performance appraisal process. This year, more than ever, I’m hearing from clients that their evaluation process “just isn’t working”. Their feedback is that for the last several years we go through the same...