HR TIP: CATCHING BOOMERANG EMPLOYEES

In the past, many organizations had a policy against rehiring former employees but those types of policies are less common today. And that’s a good thing as these employees come back into the organization with the huge benefit of already knowing the company culture, policies and even, for the most part, the people. 

A recent EmployeeBenefitNews.com article reported that in a new study commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos and WorkplaceTrends.com, 76 percent of HR professionals say they are more accepting of hiring boomerang employees today than in the past.

While the study noted only 15 percent of employees said they had boomeranged back to a former employer, a larger number (40 percent) said they are open to the idea. And employers with a younger workforce should note the varying generational mindset:

  • 46 percent of Millennials would consider returning to their former employer.
  • 33 percent of Gen Xers would consider returning to their former employer.
  • 29 percent of Baby Boomers would consider returning to their former employer.

With this boomerang trend on the rise, it’s more important than ever for organizations to create a culture that engages employees – even long after they’ve gone – and organizations should consider how the boomerang employee factor should affect their off-boarding and alumni communications strategies for top performers.

Read the complete article for more data from the survey.

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