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: An Employee Listens to Loud Music While They Work

Employees playing loud music can affect your workforce productivity and your company image. Here's how to address it.

HR Headaches: What to Do if an Employee’s Desk Is a Mess

A messy desk can send the wrong message out to colleagues and customers. Here’s how to encourage organized workspaces and create a company-wide clean desk policy.

Inclusive Job Postings: How to Write Them, and Why They Matter

Well-written, inclusive job postings can help you attract top talent, build a diverse workforce, and run a more successful business.

HR Headaches: Should My Company Have a Social Media Policy?

Here are specific rules, reminders, and suggestions you can include in your social media policies for in-house and employee accounts.

8 Tips for Recruiters in an Employee’s Market

Here’s how to think outside the box and when it comes to recruiting.

HR Headaches: How to Handle Last Minute Vacation Requests

If your company doesn’t have a paid time off policy in place, here’s why you should consider creating one — plus what you should cover in yours.

How to Create a Maternity and Paternity Leave Policy

If your company is not required to provide parental leave — but you want to offer it to your employees — here are the 10 areas to cover in your policy.

HR Headaches: Is a 2-Page Resume Ever Acceptable?

Learn about when the right — and wrong — times are to submit resumes that are more than one page.

Who Is Entitled to Know An Employee’s Vaccination Status?

Only certain people at your company should have access to employees’ vaccination information. Find out about important workplace rules regarding vaccine status here.

HR Headaches: Is It OK to Use Emojis in Work Communication?

Here’s how to determine if emojis are the right fit for your workplace.