The referral bonuses range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the position. The most in-demand positions see the higher tier bonus eligibility.
Melissa Beckler, director of Employment and Recruitment for UF Health Shands Human Resources, said the referral bonus program carries benefits beyond employees having a few more bucks in the bank. The program also helps with recruitment and retention.
“It serves as a great recruiting initiative, but we also want to retain the individuals that have been here,” she said. “So, after 30 days, the referring employee receives a partial payout. And then, when the new employee has been here for 12 months, the referring employee receives the rest of the bonus.”
Lukens said the program is a win-win.
“We get a great new employee and our current great employee gets a nice bonus for having referred them,” he said. “And we know that this person comes with a great recommendation and, likely, some familiarity with the organization.”
Beckler noted that the number of employees who have successfully referred people to UF Health Shands has tripled over the past three years.