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FAQ Clients Ask About Helios HR

May 2, 2017

Why Helios? As new consultants join the growing Helios HR team, they often ask me what I like most about working at Helios.  I always take a moment to reflect on that question and to date, my response has always been, “our team”.  When I say our team, I...

How to Plan a Company Holiday Party for Your Diverse Team

November 25, 2016

Around the holidays employers can run into a few bumps when planning a company holiday party… Years ago my colleague Jane, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, had a small handful of observances that we, as courteous colleagues, tried to be mindful of at work. Oddly, the most challenging and humorous of...

Creating a Culture of Gratitude: A Simple Practice With Great Impact

November 18, 2016

During the first year of marriage, my wife and I decided to make a gratitude jar; well more accurately, my wife decided that we would make a gratitude jar. For those of you like me, that had never heard of this, it is a simple concept. Every time something...

The Multi-Generational Workforce: A Top Problem for CEO’s

June 8, 2016

One of the hottest topics right now I’m seeing with many of my clients is how to manage multi-generations in the workplace. It is the first time the workplace has seen so many generational “forces” all at once. Today’s workforce includes the Pre-Boomers (Born 1925-1945), also known as The...

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 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...

How to Avoid Problems When You’ve Been Promoted Among Your Peers

May 2, 2016

A previous colleague reached out to me last week asking for advice. She had recently been promoted and now was in charge of her former peers and friends. She had worked at this company for several years and because of that, had built strong friendships with her team—both inside...

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...

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...

How to Best Engage the Quiet Employee

February 18, 2016

You have an exciting work environment…people are running around like crazy, lots of energy and enthusiasm all over the place, and everyone is having a great time…except for one employee who doesn’t “get into that”.  This employee is sitting at the desk, quietly doing his/her work.  And you notice...

Why a Mentor Program is Best for your New Hires

February 3, 2016

As a manager, I’m sure you have brought on quite a few new hire employees. Some of these employees, when beginning employment, can “jump right in” and become a part of the team. However, others may take some time to adjust to the new culture. To assist in culture...

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...

Thriving vs. Surviving: What Choice Do You Make?

January 11, 2016

What’s Preventing You From Thriving? Last week I published a post entitled “What’s getting in our way?” and encouraged readers to give thought to one word that depicted something they needed in order to thrive.  For me that answer came rather readily.  I need a connection. I need to ‘feel...

Need Vs. Want: What’s Getting In Our Way?

January 4, 2016

Each turn of the calendar to January has always brought to me a renewed energy, excitement and focus. Unlike my daughter who laments taking down the Christmas decorations and while I love having them fill our home with warmth, joy and tradition, I look forward to the tree going...

The Best Way to End a Client Relationship

August 6, 2015

Business relationships and personal relationships tend to follow a similar trajectory. Both have a “honeymoon period”, a “steady-as-she goes” period and sometimes a stage where one side, or in certain instances both sides, decide it would be best if your relationship ends. If you are really lucky, this last...