Former employees who leave and then return — so-called “boomerang” employees — are an increasingly valuable source of talent. Among their advantages: they’re familiar with your operations and culture, know many of your current employees and clients, and may require little or no training to start making contributions.
How do you recruit boomerang employees back to your company? Make it clear that you are offering interesting and challenging work, coupled with fair arrangements, while it is available. A variety of work arrangements can help people reconnect with your organization: individualized work schedules, mobile work and telecommuting, leave-of-absence programs, and cyclic or project-based work. Structure the exit process to facilitate re-entry and build a flexible network of talent possibilities.
Adapted from “Never Say Goodbye to a Great Employee” by Tammy Erickson.