Top 5 employee referral best practices


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Consider some best practices to create an effective employee referral program by outlining some of the common characteristics of successful programs.

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Top 5 employee referral best practices

  1. 1. Top 5 Employee Referral Best Practices
  2. 2. Referred employees have higher retention rates and increase employee engagement in their company. Generating a successful referral program takes a lot more than a few campaign mailers and promotion. A good referral program starts with creating a work culture that has a positive employer brand with optimum referral results
  3. 3. 1. Prioritize Jobs The best programs do not cover all jobs and instead prioritize high-impact and hard-to-fill jobs. Don’t waste employee time and burden your program’s administration with “junk referrals” and referrals for jobs that can be adequately filled through normal sources . Referral programs that focus their resources on attracting top talent, game-changers, and innovators produce the highest ROI.
  4. 4. 2. Link Social Media to your ERP Social networks are free, practically everyone uses them already, and a good means to showcase your brand. Employees spend an ample amount of time building relationships on these networks and it is very essential to convert these into referrals. A strong social media strategy is needed which will only survive with sustained and proactive efforts.
  5. 5. 3. Brand your referral program A name gives your program exclusive identity and is a “ ” significant step in branding it. We would suggest taking this to the next level by creating a logo. Give the employee referral program a good catchy name with a tagline and a logo This instant recognition is an essential part of getting employees into the “referral” mindset.
  6. 6. 4. Make the referral process easy An automated referral portal which will handle the entire process from posting jobs for recruiters to making referrals for employees can drastically help increase output. Provide more touch points to your employees to inturn get in touch with prospective candidates If your employees are working hard to give solid referrals, those referrals should be processed in a timely manner since it speaks volumes to employees about how serious you are about the program.
  7. 7. 5. Have an efficient reward policy Reward your ERP’s early participants and champions right away. Try to focus on what would appeal to your employees You’d be amazed how something as simple as movie tickets or a $10 gift card can boost a referral program. Don’t forget, many referrals are made because your employees are anxious to help a friend get a job.
  8. 8. With these simple steps you are sure to see improved results in your referral program. And if you need a tool that will help you seamlessly achieve all of this, ZALP is just a click away You may also opt for a free consultation on improving your referral program results. Our employee referral specialists would be glad to help.
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  10. 10. Employee Referral Index Survey Report 2013 This report gives you global trends and best practices to run an effective Employee ER-i is the first ever Referral Program. initiative on employee referrals that brings together recruitment leaders from all across the world will the you discover an employee referral referral Downloading this report to sethelp benchmarks of successful employeeprogram. strategies followed by 1000+ recruiting professionals across industry leading businesses