Fixing a Damaged Corporate Culture

Abuse of the referral-reward system is indicative of a deeper problem. But don't put all the blame on employees; management sets the tone

A friend of mine is a professor. She's working on a research project studying employee-referral bonus programs. These are the programs where employees suggest friends and acquaintances for jobs in the company, and get cash rewards if a successful hire occurs. Employee-referral bonus programs are among my top 10 best corporate practices). Appropriately designed and administered, they're win-win-win propositions: Someone gets a new job; the employer gets a new employee who's already been vouched for by another team member; and the referring employee gets some extra cash.

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