During the Great Resignation, millions of employees left their jobs in hopes of better pay, better benefits, and better [fill in the blank]. But for some of them, the grass on the other side was brown and patchy.
With companies rescinding job offers lately, what should you do if an ex-employee comes crawling back like a romantic partner who made an oopsie on Tinder? “Fool me once,” right…?
Actually, taking a job elsewhere isn’t an unforgivable betrayal. Nearly 5% of all new hires in 2021 were so-called boomerang workers, according to Linkedin. This recycling trend can have benefits for employers — so here’s why you might want to take a peek at your past work relationships.
They’ve Picked Up New Skills
When one of your workers leaves for another company, they typically gain a fresh perspective and new knowledge. Why not use the competition’s playbook to your advantage?
You Don’t Need to Train Them
Along with the new comes the old. A former employee already understands your processes, culture, and where to find the supply closet. This means less time spent onboarding; they can get directly back to work.
You Already Know Their Strengths
Sometimes a candidate sounds perfect during the job interview but, once hired, fails miserably. Good employees can be hard to come by, so if an ex-employee was a great fit and wants to flex their talents for you again, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.
This is a good reason to create a positive exit experience for employees and emphasize that your door is always open if (ahem, *when*) they want to circle back around. That said, they might have unresolved issues with your management style — or resist changes that you made in their absence — so be sure to cover those bases first.
If you love an employee’s work, let ’em go; if they return, it was meant to be.