Riia O'Donnell

With over 20 years of hands-on experience, Riia O’Donnell has worked in every discipline of the human resources function: recruitment, training and development, benefits administration, compensation, and management. Her writing has been featured on numerous EEO compliance, training, and management development websites.


Want to Reduce Employee Turnover? Focus on Management

15 June 2016
Turnover is costly, turnover is expensive. We hear it over and over. We look for solutions: hire smarter, not faster. Onboard employees to ensure they stay with the company. Some of these strategies work, others do not. To reduce employee turnover, you need executive-level buy-in to mitigate the human losses that translate into losses in production, … Continue reading “Want to Reduce Employee Turnover? Focus on Management”

Employee Onboarding 101: From Day 0 to Day 90 and Beyond

02 June 2016
Employee onboarding is one of the hottest topics in the HR community, and for good reason. Hiring staff is costly and time consuming. There’s nothing more satisfying to an HR pro than filling that spot and creating a brand spanking new employee file. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to do it all over again, … Continue reading “Employee Onboarding 101: From Day 0 to Day 90 and Beyond”

When (and How) to Fire an Employee: 7 Signs it’s Time to Terminate

18 May 2016
No one should ever be surprised to be fired. Unless your company has fallen victim to a pirate-worthy hostile takeover, or a 60 Minutes exposé that brings the villagers with torches and pitchforks, getting fired should never come out of the blue for any employee. Every employee who is terminated should know it’s coming and … Continue reading “When (and How) to Fire an Employee: 7 Signs it’s Time to Terminate”

How Negative Employee Reviews Hurt Your Employer Brand – and How to Stop Them

05 April 2016
We love to talk about ourselves and our lives: the things we eat, see, love, and especially what we hate. We watch what others watch, avoid what others dislike, spot trends, learn new lingo, and see the world through fresh eyes. Nothing is too mundane or sublime to post – from how the barista misspelled … Continue reading “How Negative Employee Reviews Hurt Your Employer Brand – and How to Stop Them”

Why Use a Recruitment Agency? Benefits, Fees and Everything You Need to Know

08 March 2016
When you’re looking to put workers in chairs, you might consider using a recruitment agency or service to get the job done. There are a variety of services available, but should you use them, and how do you get the most for your money? The cost of hiring can exceed $40,000 per employee. Some of … Continue reading “Why Use a Recruitment Agency? Benefits, Fees and Everything You Need to Know”