Boomerang Employees More Welcome than Before

Survey data shows a changing mindset about hiring boomerang employees—those who left an organization, for whatever reason, and then rejoined that same organization at a later date.

Nearly half of human resource (HR) professionals surveyed claim their organization previously had a policy against rehiring former employees—even if the employee left in good standing—yet 76% say they are more accepting of hiring boomerang employees today than in the past, according to the first study released in The Employee Engagement Lifecycle Series commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and WorkplaceTrends.com. Managers agree, as nearly two-thirds say they are now more accepting of boomerangs.

While only 15% of employees report they had boomeranged back to a former employer, nearly 40% say they would consider going back to a company where they once worked. Looking deeper, 46% of Millennials would consider returning to a former employer, compared with 33% of Gen Xers and 29% of Baby Boomers.

Eighty-five percent of HR professionals say they have received job applications from former employees in the past five years, and 40% say their organization hired about half of those former employees who applied. More than half of HR professionals (56%) and managers (51%) say they give very high or high priority to job applicants who were former employees that left in good standing. Conversely, only 6% and 9%, respectively, indicate they give zero priority to former colleagues.

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