Employee referrals – another example of the meshaped world

I was alerted last week to a new example of the power of social collaboration at work – employee referrals.  The article on Forbes.com was interesting but not as a positive example of how organisations can use their staff contacts (sorry, I know I should use the term ‘leverage’ there, but then I don’t have time for the self-loathing which would inevitably follow).

The basic idea of employee referrals is that instead of advertising jobs in the normal way – or even using a recruitment consultant – employers ask (and reward) the people who already work for them if they know of someone looking for a job.  The upshot of the article is that those firms who do this gain real benefits because it provides for a ‘better job match’ – whatever the hell that means.

I have a couple of problems with this – not least of which that it tends to reduce team diversity.  Many of the tech giants engage in rewarding their employees for recommending someone who subsequently take a job and their diversity levels are somewhat underwhelming.

You can read my rant/considered critique/worthy insight here. (Delete as required and please – if you do have a different view, or even if you agree – join the conversation.)