It’s not uncommon for organizations to have a policy against
rehiring former employees. This sort of policy makes perfect sense with respect
to troublemakers, poor performers, or others who left under a dark cloud. It’s
also understandable given that companies invest a lot of money training and
developing their people, and employees who go elsewhere take that investment
with them, sometimes to a competitor.
But times have changed, and expectations with them. Few
employers these days expect employees to stick around for many years. Most know
that employees will move between employers multiple times over the course of
their career and that many of them will even change careers entirely, some more
It’s not that workers today are disloyal or uncommitted. The
culture of the overall job market has redefined expectations around these
concepts. A loyal, committed employee isn’t likely to reveal trade secrets to a
competitor or publicly badmouth their employer, but they may intend to further
their career with a different company at some point in the not-so-distant
future. Loyalty and commitment have more to do with what the employee is doing
for their employer presently—not what they will be doing for them indefinitely.
With the overall culture of employment having changed,
individual organizations have updated their own culture to align with these new
expectations. Not only are companies allowing eligible former employees to
apply, some employers are even encouraging it! Here are five big reasons why you
might consider doing the same:
Even with these five benefits, a former employee may not be
the best candidate for the position. In some cases, what a new employee brings
to the table outweighs what the former employee offers, and the new employee is
clearly the better bet. In other cases, however, the former employee is the
smart hire, and ruling them out because they once quit would be a mistake.
Boomerang employees may not always be worth rehiring, but they’re often worth
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