Monday, April 20, 2009

How to Find Employee Patriots

Last year I got really fed up with agency employee referrals and their fees.

It seemed to me that we were paying out for hires who had no real connection to our company. Many never made it through our three month probation period.

So Isabelle Lavigne, Rideau’s VP of People & Culture worked with my senior management team and put together an internal employee referral program. Richard Lytwynuk, our very talented in-house cartoonist designed a poster for all our facilities.

As usual Richard had some fun at my expense!

But that’s ok... because the program has really worked for us! The quality of our hires has gone way up... these people have an instant connection with Rideau.

They care and so do the people who referred them! They become their mentors!

One of Gallup’s Q12 questions asks “do you have a best friend at work?” According to their research, if the answer is yes, those people are likely to be 7 times more engaged than those that don’t.

At Rideau, we are doing our very best to make sure everyone has a “best friend” working here!