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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10 Ways to Make November a Month of Employee Appreciation

November reminds us to be thankful, but we shouldn’t let gratitude be a once-a-year event. Here are 10 ways to show appreciation to your staff.

Overworked: Missing Out on Vacation Time Adds to Worker Burnout

Research suggests taking time vacation off decreases job stress and prevents burnout.

Holiday Gifts Employees will Love for 2022

As the year comes to a close, look for new ways to give holiday gifts to bring on the holiday cheer that meet the needs of all staffers.

Seasonal Hiring Begins: How Can Your SMB Compete?

When it comes to seasonal hiring, you’ll need to be creative as you compete for talent and be innovative in how to market.

EEOC Announces ADA Guidance for Using AI in Screening and Assessment

The use of tech can make it easier to assess employees’ skills, but employers need to take these steps to combat AI bias and ensure ADA compliance.

New California Law Protects Employee Cannabis Use — Off the Clock

Workers in the Golden state will soon be protected from discrimination if they use cannabis products off duty and away from the workplace.

What is Constructive Discharge and How Can It Hurt Your Business? 

Constructive discharge is, in effect, an involuntary resignation.

Setting Goals: Assuring Employees They Can Achieve and Celebrate

Setting goals gives staff members ownership of their success and the success of the company. Discover how to utilize goal-setting as a strategic management tool.

Why Learning to Delegate Is Good for Managers and Staff  

Delegating effectively is vital for managers who want more time to work on other tasks — plus, there are benefits for employees. Here are helpful tips for how to accomplish this.

What is Disparate Impact? Unintended Discrimination and Company Policies

A best practice is to understand what disparate impact is, how it may occur, and how to change policies to avoid it.