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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5 New Year Resolutions for Your Small Businesses

Start 2020 on the right note by following these 5 tips

Failed Disciplinary Action: What to Do When Your Employee Doesn’t Improve?

You’ve given your employees chances to correct their behavior or performance, but they haven’t improved. What do you do next?

Offering Health Insurance as a Small Business: What Are the Pros and Cons?

Want to offer health insurance as a small business? We’re here to help you weigh your options.

Disciplinary Meetings: What to Discuss with Your Employee

Taking disciplinary action against an employee can be uncomfortable, but giving them the opportunity to correct their behavior or performance can make them a productive member of the team.

Creating a Progressive Discipline Policy — and Yes, Your Business Needs One

Progressive discipline policies can be used to fix employees’ mistakes before they become irredeemable

8 Off-Beat (and Cost Effective!) Holiday Party Ideas for Your Small Business

The holiday season can be hectic for some businesses running on all cylinders to meet customer demand. Remember to take the time to show appreciation to those who make your business a success.

Do I Have to Throw a Company Holiday Party?

Organizing holiday parties can be stressful to think about, but we have tips on how to make the process easy

How to Keep Holiday Parties from Getting out of Hand

Are you planning a party for your small business? Read our tips on how to keep the cost and behavior under control, while keeping spirits high

9 Ways to Prepare Employees for the Holiday Season

Whether you’re in retail and preparing for the seasonal rush — or you’re in an industry that slows to a crawl during the holiday season — preparing employees for the upcoming festivities and challenges can be key to a healthy, productive workforce.

The Small Business Guide to FSAs for 2020

As a small business owner, offering an FSA to employees is a win-win. It helps reduce the tax burden for both employees and employers, plus minimizes out-of-pocket spending on healthcare items.