Helios HR Human Capital Impact Forum
HeliosHR on Facebook HeliosHR on Twitter HeliosHR on LinkedIn HeliosHR on YouTube HeliosHR on Instagram
phone: 703.860.3882 | email: info@helioshr.com

Policies & Procedures

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...

Why Not Taking Time Off from Work Creates Business Problems

May 19, 2017

Paid Vacation is Best For Business! Paid vacation is an employer optional benefit – a very important benefit.  In fact, it is the #2 ranked benefit contributing to employee satisfaction (#1 is healthcare) according to Glassdoor. It is now officially Summer 2017 and all employees, managers alike, need to...

How to Offer Unlimited Sick Leave & Migitigate Risk as an Employer

April 5, 2017

Mitigating Risks of Unlimited Sick Leave Unlimited sick leave policies are gaining popularity as a great addition to an organization’s total rewards package. However, most employers tend to not implement the policies because of the risk factors.  Yes, you might have that occasional employee who abuses the policy, but...

Pros Vs. Cons of an Active Shooter Policy

June 24, 2016

We have all seen those straight out of the movies scenarios on the news when tragedy strikes at work. An active shooter comes in and wreaks havoc on anyone and everyone. The haunting images of people running for their lives or the aftermath usually stick with me for days...

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...

A Review of What You Can’t Say in an Employee Handbook

May 26, 2016

Organizational leaders that I’ve worked with have always had an innate understanding of some of the basic rights of their employees. What I’ve found to be less well understood, even among some in the HR field, are additional rights that employees have which are less intuitive. A number of...

What the DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime Will Cost Businesses

May 19, 2016

White-Collar Exemption Changes Are Here Last March, I wrote an article when the topic of the DOL FLSA White Collar-Exemption change was being discussed.  At that time there was a lot of uncertainty about what the new minimum salary threshold would be; when this rule would take effect; and how much...

What the Gender Gap Is Costing Business

May 12, 2016

The Trillion Dollar Jackpot Lurking in HR Companies, large and small alike, are always trying to find ways to increase bottom line results and return profits to the organization, shareholders and employee base to signal healthy business operations and strong leadership. I cannot name one client of mine who...

How to Avoid Problems When an Employee Leaves Your Team

May 10, 2016

What we Learned from Live! with Kelly & Michael… On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the television show, Live! with Kelly & Michael’s audience welcomed Kelly Ripa’s return to daytime television with a standing ovation. Kelly returned to the show after taking a few days off to celebrate her wedding anniversary...

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!...

10 Best Practices for Spring Cleaning your HR Department

April 18, 2016

Spring has approached, which always seems like the time of year I like to get organized and get rid of unnecessary clutter.  It is also the perfect time for HR to do some of their own spring cleaning for better order in the workplace.  Typically it gets quite hectic...

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...

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...

EEOC Review: The Top 8 Areas of Focus for 2016

April 1, 2016

I had the opportunity to attend NOVA SHRM’s 2016 Legal Academy and gained a wealth of information about current and potential future legislation and how it impacts businesses in the DC metro area.  One of the speakers was Martin S. Ebel,the Director of Field Management Programs at the Equal...

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...