Relying on your employees’ eye for talentTo succeed, employee referral programs should come with training and communication plansBy Jacques Gaumond07/17/2006|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2006 As the labour market tightens, more and more employers are turning to their own employees to help recruit top talent. Employee referral programs (ERPs), where employees recommend qualified friends, relatives or colleagues at other companies, can be an excellent source of candidates. Many ERPs also offer something for employees. For the employee whose recommendation leads to a hire, there are incentives such as cash, travel or extra time off.There are many benefits for the company as well. Employees who are hired on through referrals tend to stay with the company longer than other candidates, according to an Ohio State University study. The 2000 study, To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.