10 Employee Referral Program Fast Facts with Bonus Tips

This article about the employee referral program was originally published on Febuary 20th, 2015, and has since been updated as of December 13th, 2016 to provid up-to-date referral program statistics and information.

It can be tough to design an amazing employee referral program. From the size of your referral bonus to the hurdles your employees must overcome to refer their friends and family to your organization…there is a lot to consider. That's why we built this list of fast facts around employee referral programs to help you get started. Need even more information on how to kick off your employee referral program? Take a look at a few related articles:

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