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Recruiting Strategies: The Benefits of “Boomerang” Employees
Boomerang employees may offer several benefits and employers should consider including them into their recruiting strategy.

Home » People & Culture » Recruiting Strategies: The Benefits of “Boomerang” Employees

Recruiting Strategies: The Benefits of “Boomerang” Employees

Boomerang employees may offer several benefits and employers should consider including them into their recruiting strategy.
Perhaps the phrase of 2021, “The Great Resignation,” –  has seen Americans quit their jobs in record numbers in recent months, with 4.3 million people leaving their jobs in August alone. This mass exodus put significant pressure on many businesses that have already challenged talent pipelines. The opportunity for these businesses is the hiring back of said employees is becoming a beneficial recruiting strategy.

People left and continue to leave their jobs for a variety of reasons. Women, in particular, faced significant challenges balancing work, homeschooling, eldercare, and more during the pandemic, forcing them to step away from their roles. Some employees left to explore entrepreneurship or other careers. Now, data indicates that many of these people may be ready to return to the workforce, presenting tremendous opportunities for you to recapture talent that may have been lost.

40% of employees say they would consider boomeranging back to a company they had previously worked for. This includes 46% of Millennials, 33% of Gen Xers, and 29% of Baby Boomers.

Boomerang” employees—workers who used to work at an organization, left voluntarily, and now wish to return, are not a new concept but are growing in popularity as a predictable response to the pandemic resignation. Boomerangers may offer several benefits that make them worth considering, including those below.

infographic of boomerang employees

Higher Performance

A recent study from Cornell University that analyzed the performance of 13,000 employees split between boomerangers and first-time employees with similar experience revealed that the returners were almost always higher-performing employees and more likely to gain promotions.

 

Easier Vetting

The biggest challenge when recruiting is correctly assessing a candidate’s qualifications and aptitudes—their work ethic, past performance, temperament, soft skills, and various other factors. Resumes and interviews give you limited information. Boomerang employees are a known entity, and with past performance documentation, you have far more information and are more capable of making an informed decision.

 

Faster, Less Expensive Onboarding

Since boomerang employees have worked at the company before, they are already familiar with the company culture, processes, and structures – significantly speeding up the onboarding process and requiring far less oversight from other members of your team.

 

Greater Skillsets and Abilities

A boomerang employee who worked for a different company or started their own business likely acquired new skills and perspectives that can make them more valuable to your business. Likewise, employees that left for caretaking or mental health may be returning with greater focus, improved motivation, and loyalty.

Perhaps the phrase of 2021, “The Great Resignation,” –  has seen Americans quit their jobs in record numbers in recent months, with 4.3 million people leaving their jobs in August alone. This mass exodus put significant pressure on many businesses that have already challenged talent pipelines. The opportunity for these businesses is the hiring back of said employees is becoming a beneficial recruiting strategy.

People left and continue to leave their jobs for a variety of reasons. Women, in particular, faced significant challenges balancing work, homeschooling, eldercare, and more during the pandemic, forcing them to step away from their roles. Some employees left to explore entrepreneurship or other careers. Now, data indicates that many of these people may be ready to return to the workforce, presenting tremendous opportunities for you to recapture talent that may have been lost.

40% of employees say they would consider boomeranging back to a company they had previously worked for. This includes 46% of Millennials, 33% of Gen Xers, and 29% of Baby Boomers.

Boomerang” employees—workers who used to work at an organization, left voluntarily, and now wish to return, are not a new concept but are growing in popularity as a predictable response to the pandemic resignation. Boomerangers may offer several benefits that make them worth considering, including those below.

infographic of boomerang employees

Higher Performance

A recent study from Cornell University that analyzed the performance of 13,000 employees split between boomerangers and first-time employees with similar experience revealed that the returners were almost always higher-performing employees and more likely to gain promotions.

 

Easier Vetting

The biggest challenge when recruiting is correctly assessing a candidate’s qualifications and aptitudes—their work ethic, past performance, temperament, soft skills, and various other factors. Resumes and interviews give you limited information. Boomerang employees are a known entity, and with past performance documentation, you have far more information and are more capable of making an informed decision.

 

Faster, Less Expensive Onboarding

Since boomerang employees have worked at the company before, they are already familiar with the company culture, processes, and structures – significantly speeding up the onboarding process and requiring far less oversight from other members of your team.

 

Greater Skillsets and Abilities

A boomerang employee who worked for a different company or started their own business likely acquired new skills and perspectives that can make them more valuable to your business. Likewise, employees that left for caretaking or mental health may be returning with greater focus, improved motivation, and loyalty.

The Last Word

There are countless other strategies that you can employ to strengthen your recruiting efforts – reach out to us to discuss how to refine your strategy and how we may be able to help.

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