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The search for top talent is an ongoing challenge for businesses. Every company wants to hire the best person for the job. Why? Because businesses depend on employee performance as the main driver for success. Through the collective efforts of the workforce, targets are achieved and goals are met. 

When companies lose stellar employees, it can be a challenge to recover. Leaders would wonder, what could have caused them to resign? While it can seem difficult to accept at first, businesses nowadays are keen on keeping an open mind. After all, somewhere along the way, those who leave could become boomerang employees. 

What is a boomerang employee? 

A boomerang employee is a term for an employee who has left an organization but comes back to work for the same organization after a time. Like a boomerang, these employees leave and come back. 

What are common reasons why employees leave?

There can be multiple reasons why employees leave a company. Whether it is for a personal reason or a professional one, employee resignation can and will happen at some point. No organization is immune to it. 

The following are common reasons why employees voluntarily leave their companies:

What are the benefits of rehiring boomerang employees? 

Throughout the years, there has been a lot of support for re-hiring boomerang employees. Here are some advantages: 

What are the potential drawbacks of re-hiring boomerang employees? 

While there are managers who fully support re-hiring employees, others may argue that re-hiring has its disadvantages. The following are some potential drawbacks:

What are some tips on re-hiring boomerang employees? 

Welcoming back returning employees into the company is fundamentally the choice of the employer. If your organization does decide to rehire a boomerang employee, the hiring process will be a bit different in the interview stage. Here are some questions that may help in interviewing boomerang employees: 

In re-hiring boomerang employees, it’s important to conduct a formal interview and onboarding process. While they may already know most of the information, they still need to be reacquainted with the guidelines and procedures. They also will need to be oriented on any new company policies and projects. 

Finally, consider informing current team members about the returning employee. While their opinion will not be a deciding factor in the hiring decision, their thoughts need to be heard. This is also a good opportunity for you to hear them out and offer how you can help.

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