Riia O'Donnell

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Riia O'Donnell

Riia O’Donnell is a Human Resource professional with over 15 years of hands-on experience in every discipline of the field. A subject matter expert, she has written for the online HR market for over 8 years. Her first job, at age 15, was working the early morning shift at a local bakery on weekends.

A new look at organizational learning

April 23, 2019

A New Way of Looking at Organizational Learning

Organizational learning is the key to business success. The more employees know, the better they perform: the better they perform, the more a company can grow. The model for learning has traditionally been top-down. Management and HR determine what skills and competencies employees should have or aspire to, then set the learning agenda to align. […]

New Jersey Law covers pretax transit benefits

April 11, 2019

New Jersey Now Requires Employers to Offer Pretax Transit Benefits

New Jersey has become the first state to mandate employers provide pretax transit benefits to staff. With the signature of Senate Bill 1567, New Jersey Major Phillip Murphy said the Bill was aimed to help workers offset some of the costs and taxes of commuting, particularly in light of a recent 36% increase in the […]

hiring interns for your small business

April 9, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Hiring Interns for your Small Business

Does your business have the opportunity to train an intern in exchange for valuable work experience? An intern can provide temporary assistance during peak times, and a chance to give back some of the skills and knowledge you (or your employees) have acquired. Hiring interns for your small business can also offer the potential to […]

in the gig economy, how do you recruit contingent workers?

April 4, 2019

In the Midst of the Gig Economy, How Can Your Business Attract Contingent Workers?

There are almost 6 million contingent workers in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These include a variety among the workforce: temporary workers, freelancers, independent contractors and more. Gig workers help small businesses get through large projects or peak times, or become a long-term part of the team. Attracting contingent workers seems […]

states and cities with the salary history ban

April 2, 2019

Updated List of Cities and States with a Salary History Ban

Over three months into 2019, women will finally have earned in 15 months as much as men did in the past 12. Started in 1996, National Equal Pay Day is the day in the current year that women and minorities have to work through in order to equal the wages of their male counterparts for […]

diversity and inclusion training

March 26, 2019

The Unintended Negative Effects of Diversity and Inclusion Training (And How to Avoid Them)

Inclusion and diversity are watchwords for almost every company in America. Unless you are a sole proprietor, chances are you’re going to have some diversity in your company, whether by gender, race, religion or other categories. Training employees to be more inclusive has been going on for decades, as workforces have become more diverse. Different […]

how to boost participation in your workplace wellness program

March 20, 2019

How to Boost Participation in Your Workplace Wellness Program

A workplace wellness program is a great benefit to staff members and a powerful recruitment tool for businesses to attract top talent. Making employee wellness a priority not only benefits workers, but it also helps businesses reduce healthcare costs, boost engagement, and reduce and absenteeism. But even the best program is worthless if no one […]

VTO policies

March 18, 2019

The What, Why, and How of VTO Policies

As companies strive to create a positive presence online, in the media, and in their communities, a new trend is emerging: volunteering time off (or VTO) policies. VTO policies allow employees to put in volunteer time while still on the clock. The practice takes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the rank and file: allowing employees to […]

contingent workers

March 7, 2019

Businesses Rely More Heavily on Contingent Workers, Complicating Compliance

The contingent workforce could be one of the fastest growing categories of workers in the US today. Some estimates believe 20% of workers are contingent  – either contract, temporary, freelancers or consultants. One survey puts 50% of millennials as contingents. The numbers are only expected to grow as business and workers reap the benefits of […]

the shift from employee engagement to employee experience

March 4, 2019

The Shift from Employee Engagement to Employee Experience

In today’s talent-tight market, employee retention is critical for most businesses. Keeping existing employees happy and productive has been top-of-mind for some time, but it’s more important than ever in today’s market. Employee experience is trending as the newest mission for business and HR is making it a priority– and every company that wants to […]

an argument for an employee handbook acknowledgment form

February 26, 2019

The Case for an Employee Handbook Acknowledgment Form

You’ve worked hard to develop your Employee Handbook. It contains a wealth of information on the company, culture, benefits, rules, and procedures. With all the effort put into the book, it’s useless unless employees read it and understand its contents. An employee handbook acknowledgment form confirms that staff members have not only been issued the handbook, but […]

new 401k legislation

February 20, 2019

Proposed Legislation Helps SMBs Offer 401(k)s

New 401(k) legislation proposed late last year could open retirement plan benefits to small businesses and sole proprietorships, if an October 2018 Proposed Rulemaking change is confirmed by the US Department of Labor. To help small businesses and their employees gain easier access to retirement savings plans, the change will allow workers to participate in […]