A lot has happened over the last two years since the start of the pandemic a change which has filtered through life and especially at work. Companies are no longer adopting a traditional mindset instead they are planning a future based on sustainable growth and this means having access to top talent.
Let’s face it without a skilled reliable workforce, businesses will not be able to keep up with trends relating to digital transformation, disruption and most importantly innovation. Three key elements which have the power to propel a company through difficult times and towards their goals.
But not all employees are happy in their current role, especially if the company they work for has chosen to ignore recent events and, decided to remain in a state of limbo. Continuing with legacy systems, outdated processes and insisting staff members work five days a week from a physical location after they have experienced the flexibility of remote working.
Top talent is very much in demand, and disgruntled workers no longer need to sit quiet. Instead, they can seek new opportunities matching their requirements, lifestyle and chosen career path taking with them their valuable experience.
The term ‘boomerang employee’ means as the name suggests, someone who is looking to return to a company where they were previously employed. A contentious issue with many employers who deem it risky to take someone back when they previously left for greener pastures.
However, for this process to be effective it comes down to the very reasons why they decided to leave. If the split was amicable then there shouldn’t be any animosity and managers need to accept that employees don’t stay forever. If on the other hand the split ended like a bad marriage, full of spite and resentment then obviously taking someone back might not be the best option.
Firstly, let’s look at the top reasons why employees leave:
• Better paid opportunities
• A more inclusive benefits package
• Flexible working arrangements
• Career prospects
• Office relationship breakdown
• Lack of decision making
Any of the above are justified explanations but mostly employees leave due to a mix of reasons and not all cite why on their way out of the door. And if a company doesn’t conduct a thorough exit interview, they may never know the answer which could affect their ability to hire replacements.
Benefits of rehiring boomerang employees:
1. Knowledge of the business – having history of a company can be a real advantage especially if the company is looking for speed of growth.
2. Relationships are already forged – we all know how difficult and time consuming it can be to settle staff into a new job making connections with people in the team.
3. Understanding of the culture – returning employees are already equipped and familiar with how the company operates making them less likely to move on again.
4. New experiences – working in a new role can enable workers to improve their skills which makes them better at their job.
5. Connections to clients – customers are more likely to be happy working with people they trust and already know.
6. Connections to new customers – on returning they may have acquired new social and business contacts which could be beneficial.
Whilst a boomerang employee certainly is a great option for managers if the decision is taken to employ them for a second time adjustments need to be made rebuilding trust on both sides of the table. This will require an open and frank conversation as opposed to a formal interview asking relevant questions pertaining to why they left, why they want to be reinstated and what arrangements can be made to ensure both parties are comfortable.
In today’s working environment it is very easy for experienced workers with the right attitude and skill set to be snapped up by competitors. However, to safeguard operations companies should treat employees with respect, pay a suitable wage, provide non-monetary benefits, and offer flexibility. All of which may be enough to deter workers from jumping ship to a better offer saving time and hassle looking for a suitable replacement.
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