Welcome to our Anniversary Page!
1999 marks Astron’s 20th anniversary! We want to share our gratitude for all the support we’ve received from our clients and friends of the firm over the years. Thank you for making these last 20 years possible!
Since 1999 we’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many organizational leaders, and assisting hundreds of organizations in streamlining their HR and enhancing the ways they engage & manage people. We’ve always had the goal of providing excellent HR consulting services and talent management software to small and mid-sized organizations, coupled with incomparable customer service, at an affordable price.
During these 20 years we’ve had the chance to do just that, with organizations from across the country and in so many diverse industries. These organizations have trusted us with helping them meet their unique needs. It’s been an honor to be trusted with this responsibility. We plan to continue to do so as we embark on the next 20 years!
We’ve also had the privilege of sharing our knowledge of compensation and HR hot topics via guest speaking opportunities at numerous national conferences, association meetings, speaking forums, seminars, webcasts, webinars, and through Astronology®. We’ve conducted association salary surveys, such as our annual Spring Salary Survey of Louisiana healthcare organizations (formerly the GNOSHHRA survey) and annual surveys for various associations & SHRM chapters throughout the US, and have shared highlights from those survey reports, too.
Words can’t express how much the Astron team appreciates the trust our clients have in us. Thank you!! We look forward to providing you with many more years of trusted Astron service.
And now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a brief time traveling journey through Astron history!
Astron Time Capsule
We go live, making the most of Suite 6G!
Astron exhibits in Boston, MA at the WorldatWork conference (then the American Compensation Association – ACA), debuting the telescope giveaway.
Later in the year, we debut the EasyHR Kit, predecessor of Flare®.
Michael Maciekowich receives the WorldatWork Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the compensation field.
Astron receives the ASHHRA “Best Practice Award” for innovation in developing career strategies for nursing staff.
While attending the 2001 Region 1 ASHHRA Conference in Portsmouth, NH, Astron’s National Directors watch in disbelief, with the rest of the world, the events in NYC, DC and PA.
Astron moves into a new office, 535 West 34th Street, Suite 504. Suite 504 was formerly used by Rapper Busta Rhymes’ record label, Flipmode Entertainment.
The Astron offices move into a larger suite in the same building — Suite 407!
The Astron team happily to flew to the ASHHRA conference in Denver to escape the Northeast blackout.
John Sazaklis joins the Astron Solutions team.
August & September 2004
The Astron team telecommutes due to closures related to the Republican National Convention held at nearby Madison Square Garden.
The EasyHR Kit is fully migrated to the web, giving clients the ability to use the software online.
Returning to New York City from a client visit in Opelika, AL, Jennifer Loftus meets & shakes hands with President Jimmy Carter on her flight pre-takeoff.
Astron adds Brendan Williams to the team.
Astron relocates to its current offices at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 2200.
The EasyHR Kit is retired and Flare® is released.
Flare® is Astron’s cloud based HR suite. Click here to learn more about Flare®!
Astron adds Cassandra Carver to the team.
Cassandra begins at Astron as an intern the summer before her senior year at Montclair State University.
The Astron team watches the “Miracle on the Hudson” unfold outside our office windows at 505 8th Avenue.
The Astron team watches the flyby of the Space Shuttle Enterprise out our office windows.
The Astron team telecommutes to maintain operations during Hurricane Sandy.
Michael Conway joins the Astron team!
Our most popular Astronology® article! This article discusses the basics of Compa Ratio. We’ve had a wide range of comments from this article ranging from “Is HR obligated to provide you with the Compa ratio data or how to obtain true MP?“to “Do we ever have reducing compa ratio overtime for an employee and how will that situation happen?” as well as scenarios.
This popular Astronology® article discussed helpful tips to manage overtime subheadings include
- Planning Your Approach
- Settting Limits
- How to Know When You Should Hire
- The Dangers of Overtime
Can You Legally Terminate An Employee Who Does Not Return To Work After FMLA Leave Ends?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a very helpful legislation that guarantees certain employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave each year with no threat of job loss. FMLA also requires that employers covered by the law maintain the health benefits for eligible workers just as if they were working. Implementing and understanding what an employer can and cannot do along the FMLA parameters can sometimes be challenging. In this popular Astronology®, article we discuss one question in particular.
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FLARE®’s New Website
Same Great Product, New Website!
Something new for the new year! In Flare®’s 10th year of release, the Astron team has further enhanced Flare®’s technical quality and pricing structure, and has started on soon to be released expansions.
With Flare®, organizations have access to easy to use cloud-based tools tailored to the needs of their own talent management processes. This is done through Flare®’s feature: its library of modules that allow organizations to pick only the features necessary to mange their employees’ needs. Some more popular modules include the following:
- Job Description Module: Quickly create, edit, and keep job descriptions up-to-date.
- Performance Management Module: Save time, improve accuracy, and eliminate frustration by taking performance reviews online.
- Pay for Performance: Determine merit-based pay increase quickly, efficiently, and accurately.
- Gamification Module: Make work fun! Award points, badges, and trophies to employees for the completion of assigned tasks and activities. Redeem points for prizes that increase healthy competition and employee engagement.
All of these features and more are available at the same Astron quality and with Astron’s affordable pricing!
Learn more about Flare®, view videos, and explore our new employee based pricing at www.flaretm.com!
Over these 20 years we’ve had the wonderful privilege of working with so many diverse clients. Thank you to our previous and current clients for trusting Astron Solutions!