As your business grows you need to add people to support that growth. Whether it is on the administrative side or operation side. Finding the right people is key for lasting growth.
It takes time, money and resources to not only find the people but train them and keep them!
SmallBusinessTrends.com did some research into Employee Referral and listed 12 things to help put an Employee Referral Program into place.
Below are five things that stood out for us…
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“You can find great job candidates among your employee referrals. And this can prove especially true for companies first starting out. Your team members know what doing the job entails. And they can reach out to skilled people you’d never know might be interested in signing on. So let’s find out how to establish or promote such a program.”
Only Hire Through Referrals
“We have only hired from within our organization. We do not incentivize our employees, but they know how close of a family we all are, and they understand bringing in someone from their life will allow them to work with someone they already trust on a daily basis.” ~ Zach Binder, Bell + Ivy
Acknowledge Good Referrers
“If you were referred an employee you’re proud to have on your team, acknowledge this to the person who referred them to you. Without their recommendation, you wouldn’t have this valuable asset added to your team. At the bare minimum, acknowledge and thank them for their stellar referral. This could lead to more in the future.” ~ Jared Atchison, WPForms
Market Your Referral Program
“If you set up an employee referral program, you need to make your team is aware of it and even remind them that it exists from time to time. So, you need to market the program. Whether it’s putting up a poster in the office, sending out email campaigns or even rewarding good referrers with exclusive company swag. Seeing these marketing efforts consistently will encourage others to participate.” ~ Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms
Be Creative With Rewards
“Do not make rewards solely based on money. Instead, make a portion of the reward cash and the other part something else. Maybe free tickets to an upcoming concert or three extra days of paid time off. Employees love money, but the other stuff can make your referral program more exciting and increase participation.” ~ Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
Focus on Benefits for Your Existing Employees
“As much as you need the new people in your team, you don’t have them yet, so you need to pay attention to the teammates that you already work with. Design the referral program that will bring more value to your existing employees. This will give them the motivation to look for the candidates enthusiastically rather than share the job opening on their Facebook page and forget about it.” ~ Solomon Thimothy, OneIMS
You can find the entire article with all 12 tips at the link below.
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