I'm working for a company that has an Employee Referral Bonus. Four months ago I referred a colleague and he was hired on.

I'm looking for the best way to ask for the referral bonus stated in the employee handbook.


Employee Referral Bonus
A referral/recruitment bonus may be paid to full-time employees who refer an individual to Employer that is hired to meet the requirements of an open position. The referred employee must be a full-time employee for three consecutive months before the referral bonus is paid to the referring employee. The referral bonus and its amount are set by senior management.

Any help is welcomed, I'm trying to work on my tact.

  • A friend had a similar situation, result was the management came back and said one of their colleagues had "found" the person prior to the recommendation of my friend... But good luck you may be ok...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 19, 2019 at 15:36
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    I'm looking for the best way to ask for the referral bonus stated in the employee handbook. - Ummm... ask for it? Why is this difficult?
    – joeqwerty
    Mar 19, 2019 at 18:14

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Don't stress too much. Send an email to the HR department. This is bread and butter for them. Ask them what the process is to claim it.

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    ...just be ready for potential rejection, many of these policies strictly require the employee to mention you as the referrer on the job app, if they didn't do that, you may be out of luck. Strict rules like this are enforced to prevent people from colluding after the fact ("Hey, you're a new hire? Go tell HR I referred you and I'll give you half the bonus!")
    – dwizum
    Mar 19, 2019 at 17:36
  • @dwizum That's very interesting to me, and probably depends on culture etc. Usually, at least where I'm from, the referral is like you vouching for someone, and putting your reputation on the line to assist the business finding talent. If you, after the fact, go to the business, then they haven't used your advise during the hiring process. Mar 20, 2019 at 4:42

Here is a sample email I have written to ask referral bonus to my HR

Subject: Employee Referral Bonus

Dear HR Name,

I have referred one of my colleagues referred person name to your company name. He/she got selected and joined us on DD/MM/YYYY.

As per your company name Employee Referral policy, let me know the process to claim the referral bonus. Below are the details of the employee for your reference. Let me know if you need any additional information.

Name: XXX

Email ID: [email protected]

Date of Joining: DD/MM/YYYY

Employee ID: XXXXX


Your Name

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