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How to Foster Positive Mental Health Support For Employees

August 10, 2015

In every office there is likely someone who is living and working with a mental health condition. Given that 1 in 5 people experience mental illness each year, there is an even greater likelihood that many employees are family members or friends supporting someone living with a mental health...

5 Best Practices for Communicating a Separation

July 14, 2015

As HR professionals, one of the hardest parts of the job is communicating to an employee the decision to separate them from employment.  Whether it be a performance related termination, or a financially related layoff; it is never an easy task. I find layoffs particularly difficult when it has...

FMLA Review: Best Practices for Key Employees

July 13, 2015

The regulations covering FMLA are extensive. For employers it’s critical that the staff tasked with administering FMLA understand their responsibilities. There are features of FMLA that are easier to negotiate, such as duration and what forms to use. On the other hand, there are elements of FMLA law that...

Giving Back: Backpack Drive

July 13, 2015

Cornerstones is working to ensure children in our community are prepared for the 2015-16 academic year. A concerning number of families in our neighborhoods are unable to afford backpacks, school supplies, or other essential items to help a child be fully prepared to start school. Each year, Cornerstones and...

HR Best Practices: 5 Common Questions About Tracking Beneficiaries

May 11, 2015

As an HR Business Partner, I am often working with clients to ensure their benefits and 401(k) administration is both in compliance and following HR best practices.  One key aspect of benefits and 401(k) administration is tracking your employee beneficiaries.  Ensuring that your employees have designated and up-to-date beneficiary...

The Best Way to Encourage Employee Accountability

March 28, 2015

We have all been there. A day that simply doesn’t turn out the way you expected leaving you tired and frustrated. As consultants, this is an all-too-familiar feeling as we juggle projects and different personalities. As people managers and project managers, this is also a very common feeling and...

Problems with Morale after a RIF?

October 13, 2014

As an HR professional or a senior member of an organization that has conducted a reduction in force (RIF), you are well aware that it is a lengthy, meticulous, and difficult process.  So much time and energy is focused on ensuring due diligence, determining what positions may be affected,...

Best Practices Documenting Performance Issues

September 23, 2014

Whether you are a manager or an HR professional, the following conversation probably sounds familiar to you: Manager: “I need to terminate this employee today!  The performance issues are becoming a distraction for the rest of the team.” HR: “I didn’t know you were having issues with that employee.  Are any...

Looking for a new job? Best Ways to Stand out

September 10, 2014

As a job seeker the path to finding new employment can be challenging and at times, frustrating.  It is important that you do all you can to stand out from other job seekers. Here are some tips to help ensure you get noticed: Create, practice and perfect your 30...

Review of FAR Compliance: Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

August 22, 2014

As a government contractor, there are what seem like endless and ever changing requirements that you must comply with.  The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) serves as a guidebook to government contractors and outlines the rules, regulations, and processes that must be followed by government contractors throughout the acquisition planning,...

Helios HR Business Partner Spotlight: Amy Gulati, GPHR & SPHR

August 6, 2014

At Helios, we work together to help enlightened leaders to build cultures of intention that attract, engage and retain exceptional teams. We are fortunate to have experienced steady growth and are in the position to hire more dynamic Human Resource Business Partners to join our team. I recently had...

The Difference Between a Benefits Broker Vs. a Benefits Consultant

July 10, 2014

Here at Helios, I get numerous phone calls and emails each week from clients and coworkers with questions about their benefits plans.  I receive questions from “Is my health insurance and HMO, PPO, or POS?” to “My employee worked a reduced schedule this month; do I have to take...

Best Questions to Ask the Interviewer

April 4, 2014

So you’ve landed the interview, congratulations!  Now the real work begins.  On average, hiring managers interview 3-5 candidates before extending an offer. And depending upon where you fall in that line-up, you, the job seeker could get lost in the mix if you do not set yourself apart from...

What Employee Turnover Really Costs Your Company

March 19, 2014

By definition turnover is the rate at which an employer’s workforce turns over. As an HR Business Partner at Helios, we perform audits for our clients and one of the HR metrics we ask about is turnover. The higher the percentage the more we investigate to ensure...

Helios Participates In SHRM Day On The Hill

December 5, 2011

On Wednesday November 30, 2011, one of our HRBP/Senior Talent Acquisition Consultants, Matt Walker, gratefully joined the SHRM Advocacy Team on the Hill for the day to help inform legislators on how current public policy issues can affect employees, employers, and the HR profession as a whole. The SHRM...