New Research Report From Achilles Group Reveals Executives’ Need for Shared HR Services; Report Highlights the Gap Between a Business’s Goals and its People Tactics

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Small business success depends upon people yet less than 40 percent of SMBs adequately support their employees, a research report from Achilles Group reveals. The report is based on primary research from C-level executives and human resource professionals and reveals a significant gap between business goals and its people strategies and tactics.

Successful businesses believe that success hinges on great people and they focus on the critical areas of employee management, coaching, and leadership development.

A recent Achilles Group survey of C-level executives and human resource professionals reveals a significant gap between business goals and its people strategies and tactics.

The resulting research report is titled, ‘2007 SMB Owner Trends: Aligning People and Business Goals.’ The free report is available at: http://www.achillesgroup.com/release_research.php

"Companies have often undervalued their people," says Bill Bradshaw, Vice President of Achilles Group, a strategic HR services firm that serves emerging small and medium sized businesses. "People matter - business success is linked to people not only because labor costs represent the largest ongoing cash disbursement, but because financial performance is tied to the people performance of the organization."

The research report includes:
1.    Top challenges facing business owners today
2.    SMB solutions for improving people performance and maximizing HR
3.    Day-to-day people obstacles and human resource gaps
4.    The advantages of HR as an executive team member
5.    Most common SMB legal entanglements
6.    People management tactics for improving the bottom-line

Studies show that more than 85 percent of companies are satisfied with administrative HR (typically defined as payroll and benefits), but less than 40 percent of all companies focus on strategic HR activities like improving people performance or aligning compensation and rewards with the businesses’ goals.

This report details top problem areas for SMB owners and shares solutions from emerging enterprises. The study for this research report analyzed the people and business processes that deliver significant business impact and includes lessons learned and actionable advice.

This report is based on input from more than 100 organizations. Key themes include:
1.    Maximizing people
2.    Retaining qualified people from a shrinking labor pool
3.    The three people areas driving the highest impact are 1. recruiting (33%),                         2. employee reviews (14%), and 3. compensation and incentive alignment (11%)
4.    Support for growing businesses

"This report confirms that leading companies invest in their people and support them," notes Bradshaw. "Successful businesses believe that success hinges on great people and they focus on the critical areas of employee management, coaching, and leadership development."

Download your copy of ‘2007 SMB Owner Trends: Aligning People and Business Goals’ at: http://www.achillesgroup.com/release_research.php

About Achilles Group: http://www.achillesgroup.com
Achilles Group is a strategic HR services firm that becomes the HR Director for small and mid-sized businesses, providing HR expertise that SMBs require at approximately 50% of the cost of internal resources.

Typical clients include executives looking for an alternative to building an HR department and companies outgrowing their current HR capabilities. Achilles Group provides HR expertise in support of your businesses goals for more than 12,000 client employees in over 30 states. Started in 2002, the company serves businesses with 20-2,000 employees.

Media contact information:
Denise Bonniwell
713-589-9989

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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