Coffee offered as sweetener
Graduate nurses who unsuccessfully apply for work at Auckland hospital no longer walk away empty handed if they don’t get the job.
Auckland District Health Board’s human resources department recently introduced a policy of giving the young nurses a Muffin Break coffee voucher if they reach the interview stage.
ADHB recruitment manager Vanessa Aplin says the scheme, which will cost between $200 and $250 this year, is a way of congratulating students for completing their study and being offered an interview.
A March report to the board notes the voucher system seeks to “enhance the candidate’s journey” as part of the wider recruitment process.
The report says the aim is to “add to the positive experience for the candidate and increase the appeal of ADHB as an organisation to work for”.
Tonix Health Recruitment director Kate Jackson says no graduate nurse is going to accept a job offer because of a free coffee.
“At the end of the day all graduates get the same salary.
“It’s about whether or not Auckland is going to suit them as an individual.”
But Ms Jackson also commended the board on looking for “the feel good factor”.
“If Auckland are saying we’re going to value you and your training with a coffee voucher, good luck to them.”