5 top reasons why companies should welcome back boomerang employees

Companies should welcome back their exes

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, boomerangs accounted for 4.5% of new hires among companies in 2021, and the best boomerangs are those who left on good terms. The reasons for this are many, but it can be linked to what was being called “the great resignation” where employees felt they could take remote or hybrid work and try something new. It’s of interest for companies to take on boomerangs because many may have learnt new skills that can be transferred and utilized, as well as harnessing familiar skills they already had.

Here are 5 tips to attract boomerangs back to your company

  1. Offer flexible / hybrid working options. During the great resignation and the pandemic, employees got used to working from home, but now it’s more the case that they want a good work/life balance. Offering flexible work conditions will keep employees from boomeranging too soon.
  2. Offer a fresh perspective when reboarding. It’s not recommended to treat a returning employee as if they know everything and are shown their old seat once they’ve entered the building on their first day back. Treat them to a new experience when reboarding. This will freshen up their perspective and motivate them to get going again. Poor reboarding will increase the risk of them leaving again.
  3. Be transparent about any company changes. Make sure boomerangs are asked questions about salary, company culture, and any changes that the company has made since they left. It could be the case that your benefits package has been improved, so any mention of the latest benefits (e.g. gym membership, insurances, pensions) are really worth talking about. The best way to communicate your range of benefits is to implement a total rewards and benefits platform and app that can be rolled out across the organization.
  4. Stay in touch with potential boomerangs. This isn’t always easy to do depending on circumstances, but checking in with ex-employees is worthwhile. This reinforces how much you valued your working relationship with this person, and if they feel missed and wanted then there’s always a chance they’ll boomerang right back to you.
  5. Prepare the existing team about a boomerang’s return. This links to tip no.2 which is to create a fresh perspective about new working practices or any hybrid / remote working practices. It could be the case that newcomers will not have had any contact with the returning employee, whereas others will, so it’s important to give your team or organization a head’s up on any boomerang’s return.



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