Should You Re-hire Former Employees? Weighing the Pros and Cons (Part I)

scaleIt’s no secret that employees come and go. And, when it comes to the good ones, it can certainly be a shame.

There are often a number of factors that can come into play, whether because they’ve found higher pay, want to expand their repertoire or are looking for some career advancement.

But rather than writing them off as traitors or thinking they’re too good for the company, employers should consider it from their employee’s perspective.

In short, these employees are looking to better themselves and we can’t fault them for that, especially when it can possibly prevent them from coming back.

This, in the HR industry, is what we call “boomerang employees”, which are essentially passive candidates who we know are a great fit for the company because they’ve worked for us before.

For many, this may seem like a very backward hiring method, but there can actually be a lot good that comes from it—which is why over the next couple of posts we are going to give you the run down on why you may want to consider re-hiring your former employees.

For today, we’ll stick with the pros of re-hiring a former employee. Take a look below:


Cuts down on training time. One very apparent pro is that rehiring your former employee can really cut down on the training time you would require for a brand new employee. That way, they can get down to business and you can focus your time and effort on much more important things, a win-win for both parties.

Take advantage of their new skills. You could almost think of your boomerang employee’s time away as a sort of sabbatical. Take advantage of the new skills and experiences they’ve gained from working under someone else. Having that fresh perspective available to you, combined with their understanding of how your company already works, can really help push the envelope on creativity and efficiency –a great way to help your company grow stronger.

It’s humbling. Finally, rehiring a former employee is an extremely humbling gesture that can really show your employees that you are willing to let go of the past and look beyond petty differences, all for the sake of making your company grow for the better. In turn, this can do a lot to boost employee morale and make people feel like they belong to a company that actually cares about them.

On Thursday, we’ll give you some cons you may want to consider when re-hiring a former employee. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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