Human Resource Options for Today’s Workforce Achilles Group Announces Outsourced HR Solution that Saves Executives 20% of Their Time, Improves Workforce Performance at Least 5%, and Reduces Administrative Burden 20 – 60%

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Given the economy, entrepreneurs and small businesses are increasingly turning to outsourced providers.

A 5% workforce productivity improvement based on employee recognition programs that align and motivate the workforce can be the difference between a profitable and break-even year

With today’s economic difficulties executives and entrepreneurs are opting to partner with outsourcing providers for human resources and human capital best practices for their small and mid-market businesses to save themselves time, improve workforce performance, and reduce administrative costs.    

Companies are choosing to outsource HR during these difficult times to:
a)    Make costs more flexible
b)    Gain access to expertise otherwise unaffordable
c)    Implement best-in-class business processes or technology
d)    Train managers and improve employee performance
e)    Focus resources on core revenue driving activities (i.e. minimize cost expenditures on anything not core to sales)
f)    Improve workforce productivity
g)    Train and certify internal payroll, recruiting, office manager, or controller to lead and manage your human capital and workforce needs
h)    Gain a competent HR function at a fraction of the cost of a full-time human resource generalist
i)    Achieve scalable HR best practices that result in happier, more productive, safer workforce

Achilles Group HR’ maximizes workforce effectiveness at an affordable price. With Achilles businesses and their managers interact daily with their seasoned HR Director plus on-call competency specialists in the areas of training, employee relations, workforce planning, recruiting and retention, performance management, HR compliance and safety to strategic consulting and organizational development.

“A 5% workforce productivity improvement based on employee recognition programs that align and motivate the workforce can be the difference between a profitable and break-even year” remarks Garry Meier, Achilles Group Chairman and CEO. “Workforce productivity is often the key difference between laggards and market leaders.”

Who is the most common “HR Leader”
“HR Leader” in firms with 19 to 499 employees? Most small businesses have divided HR’s core responsibilities among executives and managers (our research shows that only 9% have a certified SPHR professional on staff that satisfies their needs).

SMB (small and medium business) "HR Leader":

  •      Executives Divide HR Responsibilities (C-level or VP) 36%
  •      Payroll or Recruiting Staff 21%
  •      Outsource to Third-Party (Achilles, PEO, ASO, CPA, Legal, Recruiting, Other) 14%
  •      Office Manager 12%
  •      Certified HR Professional 9%
  •      Controller or other accounting personnel 8%

“Companies that we have worked with have outsourced payroll, benefits, and recruiting for years. Given today’s economic climate businesses are also outsourcing strategic HR including day-to-day employee relations, workforce planning, and performance management, as well as manager and leadership development,” says Dan Calvert, Achilles Group Director of Operations.

Employee relations and management training, i.e. human resources, is best outsourced when at least two of the following conditions are in place:
þ    Outsourcing (either payroll, IT, billing, or recruiting) is already being used
þ    The company is growing or faces a performance improvement situation
þ    Entrepreneurs looking for alternative to building an internal HR fiefdom
þ    Employee workforce performance is key to business success and profitability

“The objective of Human Resources is to maximize the return on investment from the organization's human capital and minimize financial risk. It is the responsibility of human resource leaders to conduct these activities in an effective, legal, fair, and consistent manner. Companies that outsource save 20-60% of costs while improving service level quality and internal employee satisfaction," said Garry Meier.

About Achilles Group:
Achilles Group ( becomes the HR Director for small and mid-sized businesses with 25-2,000 employees. Through a HR Shared Services model, Achilles Group provides human capital expertise for about half the cost of hiring an internal HR director. Typical clients include executives looking for an alternative to building an HR department and companies outgrowing their current HR capabilities. Started in 2002, Achilles Group provides strategic HR services in support of business goals for more than 17,000 client employees in over 30 states.

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