Employee referrals tips, ideas and Zao product updates

HR Grapevine: Employee Referral Program Trends for 2015

As 2015 is quickly approaching and companies are well on the way to planning their recruitment budget for the New Year, what’s up and coming for employee referral programs?  We know one thing that won’t change, and that’s the fact that employee referrals will remain the number one source of hire. After all, referral hires generate 25 percent more profit and are 20 percent less likely to quit their jobs.

Here are some trends for employee referrals that will give your company referral program a boost:

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Amris eRecruitment Acquires Zao




London, UK: 21st August 2014. The Internet Corporation Limited, owner of Amris (www.amris.com), today announced the details of the acquisition of Zao (www.zao.com), to complement and enhance its award winning Amris eRecruitment platform. The transaction combines the complementary strengths and benefits of both solutions, to create a unique and even wider range of eRecruitment services. Employee referrals result in the best quality hires, especially as scarcity of talent is growing in line with the economic recovery. Zao’s employee social referral platform is designed to boost referral hires, and will be available as a fully integrated optional module for all Amris users, and equally available as an independent solution that can integrate with any ATS (applicant tracking system) on the market. Amris is delighted to offer Zao to all companies, whether or not they are using Amris as an ATS.

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How pizza can bring you more referrals


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You know that employee referrals are the best source of hire, right? Right! But what about your employees? While referral bonuses are a great reward for the long term, sometimes short term incentives might work even better.

In order to boost referral participation, try this and make sure to do two simple things at least once a month: GATHER your employees and make sure your employees are incentivized to come and happy to participate by FEEDING them yummy treats.

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Starting referrals from the top

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 6.38.11 PMHere’s our latest tip: How to get great referrals by involving your CEO

Contrary to popular belief (and thanks to Drake for this one) it’s not always best to start from the bottom. When it comes to referrals, it’s best to get credibility by going straight to the top, aka the CEO of your company. Including top management in hiring let’s your employees know how much you value referrals.

Here’s how you can boost referrals by starting at the top:

1. Get senior management backing: Involving senior management in your referral program is the first step to success. Having your CEO involved and committed to referrals will motivate your employees to participate.

2. Communicate from the top down: Make it well known to everyone that helping find great talent through referrals is part of the job. Have your CEO announce at a company meeting that you need help finding star employees.

3. Involve hiring managers: It’s important to include hiring managers, because they see employees in daily operations, and are likely to know who might have the best contacts. In addition, top performing hires (aka referrals) will positively impact their team. Keep score of all engagement within departments so you can let your hiring managers know how their teams are doing. Zao helps you do this automatically.

Create a complete circle of referrals for continuous engagement

Circle of lifeThis week’s tip was inspired by this awesome “circle of life” rendition by the Lion King cast in Australia. If you weren’t one of the lucky passengers on this flight, you can check out the clip here

Employee referrals are great and all, but if you don’t have a complete referral circle at your company, the level of referral program engagement amongst your employees will quickly drop. It’s important to maintain a complete feedback loop for referrals, in order to make sure your employees keep referring. Here’s how: Read More »

How to create employee referral buzz with trendy rewards

GoPro Lion WhispererThis week’s tip: Give your employees something they actually want 

As much as we all believe that employee referrals are the greatest thing since sliced bread, your employees might not feel the same way. In order to boost referral participation during this upcoming quarter, give away a GoPro, or another prize that employees wouldn’t buy for themselves! Read More »

Why you shouldn’t be responsible for employee referrals

Get your employees to co-own employee referralsDo you ever wonder why kids still love selling lemonade for next to nothing (or organic sugar-free lemonade if you’re Gwyneth Paltrow’s kids)? In a world filled with video games and smart phones, you might assume that kids would think selling lemonade was lame. Well they don’t, and it’s because for the first time in their lives, they own and are responsible for something. This makes it a successful and fun activity for all. When it comes to employee referrals, the same rule applies.

Get your managers and employees to co-own referrals. It’s important to involve managers, because they see employees in daily operations, and are likely to know who might have the best contacts. In addition, top performing hires (aka referrals) will positively impact their team. Let them know how these hires can help them reach their goals and quotas. Make your case even stronger by bringing in data that shows why referral hires are #1! If you’re using a platform that tracks referral engagement on a per department basis, bring these reports and share them with the relevant hiring managers to measure performance.

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Mashable: Boost Your Employee Referral Program With This Powerful Addition

mashableThe most powerful addition to your employee referral program may be hiding right underneath your nose — and it’s time to take a closer look.

I’m talking about your enterprise social network, which serves to forge connections between departments and teams. According to Deloitte, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have partially or fully implemented an enterprise social network. However, when you combine the power of an enterprise social network with a beneficial hiring tool like an employee referral program, you can get some great results.

Let’s take a look at some ways to boost your existing enterprise social network with an employee referral program:

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Go green with referrals this St. Patty’s day

Leprechaun Dog I don’t know anyone that hates St. Patrick’s day. It’s the one day of the year that you can drink green beer for breakfast and no one will judge you (okay, maybe some people will, but still). Even dogs like dressing up as leprechauns on this holiday!

Here are 3 ideas you can use to boost employee referrals during next week’s holiday:

1. Green referral party. If your company is not already hosting one, you should! It doesn’t take long to set up, just make sure you have the essentials, aka green beer and green cookies (this recipe is awesome FYI). Set up a referral table at the party, provide tablets or computers for employees to share jobs and refer friends.

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Give your employees a referral toolkit

Referral ToolkitYou don’t expect your employees to think exactly alike (nor do you want them to!), so why would you provide only one way for employees to refer you candidates? 

Giving your employees a referral toolkit allows them to pick and choose what referral methods they are most comfortable with. While some employees may be happy posting jobs on their social profiles, others might only feel comfortable sending emails. Here are a few things you can include in your referral toolkit, to diversify referral options:

1. A getting started guide. Put together a list of how to get started. If you’re using an external platform, include information on how to begin. Include referral success stories in the guide, and what you’re really looking for in referral hires.

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