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.

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HR Headaches Series: How to Keep Employees From Emailing You Every Weekend

In this week’s HR Headaches post, we discuss how to reskill employees to have more autonomy — and know the right to time to call for reinforcements.

SBA More Than Triples Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Size

Small businesses get a $500,000 lifeline from the SBA

HR Headaches Series: How to Talk to Employees About Layoffs or Furloughs

In this week’s HR Headaches post, we discuss how to explain the need for layoffs or furloughs to your staff — and make the difficult transition easier.

9 Ways to Ensure Employees Are Welcome and Included

If you want new hires to stay at your company long term, provide a welcoming environment.

HR Headaches Series: How to Steer Hiring Decisions to Align with Company Goals

In this week’s HR Headaches post, we discuss ways HR can help hiring managers make the right candidate choices for their team and their company overall.

HR Headaches Series: When Older Leaders Don’t Understand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In this week’s HR Headaches post, we discuss how to convince senior management to invest in, and value, DEI.

Doing More With Less: Workforce Reductions

If you’re looking for ways to grow your business with fewer hands on deck, follow these tips.

How to Write a Policy on Substance Abuse in the Workplace (Free Template)

Here are tips on how to create and enforce a strong policy on prohibiting working while impaired — plus a sample template you can customize for your business.

5 Creative Ways to Make Sure Your Best Employees Stick Around

Here are budget-friendly ways to retain your top talent.

10 Ways to Retain Employees

Is your business experiencing high turnover? If so, consider implementing these tips.