There is an increasing trend in the hiring marketplace for hiring back former employees. A boomerang employee is defined as an employee that has left a company and returned after many years to their former employer. In the first study released in the Employee Engagement Series commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and WorkplaceTrends.com, more than 1,800 HR professionals, people managers and employees nationally responded that employee engagement should not end once a working relationship is over especially when the former employee was a high performer. Many of the HR professionals indicated that their organizations previously had a policy against rehiring former employees, but “76% say they are more accepting of hiring boomerang employees today than in the past.” Nearly two-thirds of the managers agreed with this assessment.
Employees used to be considered disloyal for leaving a company. Some were termed “job hoppers” if they had too many different jobs over the course of their career. Times have changed and this negative could now be a positive. The former “job-hoppers” could be the talent you are looking for with a bigger breadth of experience and knowledge. Although you may be leery about hiring back a former employee, there are many benefits to considering this option.
In recent years with the explosion in social media, it has been easier for people to stay in touch with former employees that were high performers. And now, these former employees could be considered as a new pool a talent to tap into when hiring. These boomerang employees have the benefit of familiarity with the culture, people, processes and procedures, and bring with them the experience and expertise gained from potential competitors in the same space.
So if you are an employee leaving a job, you should always remember to keep a positive relationship with your former employer and keep in touch with your alumni network in case future opportunities arise. As an employer, especially when it applies to key employees or superstars that left for other opportunities or career advancing moves, you should keep an open mind about rehiring. There are potentially a lot of upsides in this formerly taboo hiring pool of boomerang employees.
Some interesting articles:
- Old Workers, Boomerangers Can Be Good Sources of Talent, RecruitingTrends.com
- Welcome Back: Boomerang Employees Are on the Rise, Forbes
- They’re Back! New Survey Reveals Changing Mindset About Boomerang Employees and the Organizations They Once Left, Kronos