Employee Referral Program Ideas to Boost Referrals

January 19, 2021
Aubrie Przybysz
Marketing at Drafted

Stop me if you've heard this before: You should throw a referral party at your company! That's a great idea to boost your employee made referrals but referral parties tend to go something like this: A department of 20-30 people hangs around the office for a couple of extra hours to be fed pizza by the talent team. While eating a slice of pie they search through their LinkedIn connections to find some people that they can refer. Referrals are found, maybe even contacted, and recorded in an ATS, spreadsheet, or hopefully somewhere.

The talent team walks away with a bunch of new referrals. Yay! Mission accomplished! Or is it? New challenges arise when trying to follow up with colleagues on their referrals, tracking down some of those referrals, and making sure people don't slip through the cracks. Unfortunately, someone always slips through the cracks. So more referral parties must be had, and the cycle continues.

Here's one idea for your employee referral program - skip the referral party altogether and just make it easy for employees to make referrals and for you to mange them!

Employee Referral Program Idea #1: Smart referral suggestions

Using Drafted for your employee referral program, employees import their LinkedIn connections. Making it easy for them to find people AND Drafted makes referral suggestions for them.

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Bonus: Those connections are added to your company network, and as part of the talent team you can proactively comb through their network and ask for introductions to candidates you want to talk to.

Employee Referral Program Idea #2: Make referrals in Slack

You can ditch the spreadsheets or pen and paper you're using when you have Drafted. Employees can find the friend they want to refer in Drafted and hit refer button, automatically prompting them to fill out a form. The form collects background notes about the referral, whether or not the person knows they are being referred, and how the employee wants you to treat the referral.

They can also use Slack to refer someone by typing the word "refer" and the person's name to the Drafted Slack bot. The referral form in Slack is exactly the same as the one in Drafted.

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Best part? All of this information is automatically sent directly into your ATS with your Drafted ATS integration, recorded in Drafted and added to a Slack channel for referrals.

Employee Referral Program Idea #3: Empower employees to track referrals

Employees have the ability to keep track of the referrals they've made under the "My Referrals" section in Drafted.

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Employee Referral Program Idea #4: Make it a competition

We know how much your colleagues love a good competition. So they can watch the top referrers compete in real time with the Drafted Leaderboard!

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We created Drafted to help employees have fun making referrals and keep employee engaged. No one is having fun trying to comb through their LinkedIn networks for hours. Drafted takes the hours of combing and turns it into just minutes of clicking through suggestions, discovering people they may have forgotten about and giving them the power to easily make those referrals right on the spot. So skip the party and instead make a referral competition using Drafted!

Think it's time to start using Drafted to make referrals? Learn more about Drafted’s features and start hiring more through proactive referrals.

About Drafted

At Drafted, we believe that your company network is your single biggest competitive advantage when it comes to hiring. Our mission is to make it easy for you to leverage your network in the hiring process to find the best candidates. Your network is already powerful, it’s just too much work to make it a priority over the day-to-day of recruiting. Companies that use Drafted see their employee referral numbers go up by 2x, their time to hire drop by 30% and their overall hiring efficiency increase significantly within just a few months.