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Employee Referrals: Hiring for success, achieving happiness

Posted by Erin Borgerson on January 2, 2013

I'm sure that you've heard "to be truly happy, you must be doing something you love." Whether you agree or disagree with this statement, there's no denying that going to work each morning is much easier when you actually like what you do. But in an article recently published on TLNT.com, Tim Sackett stated he believes that is "complete garbage" and that work success does not equal happiness nor does engagement lead to happiness. employee referrals

We're not so sure we agree with his views; at least at Hireology, we've found that happiness leads to success. Of course you can't force anyone to be happy, but there are plenty of ways to organically grow it. One of the easiest, most effective ways to do so is to build an employee referral program. 

Let's take a look at how employee referrals can ultimately lead to happiness in the workplace. 

Don't just put together some documents, shove them in a file and forget where you put them; actively build your employee referral program. Whether you have to start from the ground up or continue to nurture it as you go, not only will you begin to see a stronger flow of qualified candidates, but in turn you're more likely to make better hiring descisions. 

Even if a seasonsed employee doesn't necessarily like what they do, they are still likely to recommend the company to their friends and family just because they like the culture. By hiring those referrals who are well-qualified, the culture will continue to flourish and will lead to more satisfaction and happiness within the company overall, even if it isn't in a specific position.

But a strong culture will do more than encourage happiness amongst your employees, it will encourage them to work harder. Whether their motives are to work harder so they can leave early and go to the bar with some colleuges, or so they can make their way up the ladder and work alongside some of their favorite co-workers, a happy, motivated team always leads to success. Plus, when everyone is able to work well together, projects are completed more accurately and efficiently. What manager wouldn't want that?

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Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today!

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Erin Borgerson

About the Author

Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.