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Boomerang employee

Who is a boomerang employee?

A boomerang employee is someone who leaves an organization but later returns to work for the same employer. These people may want to learn new skills in a familiar working culture or to receive higher pay with a new opportunity. But while boomerang employees often want to take on a new role or new responsibilities, seasonal work is another major cause of boomerang employees. Some companies, particularly hospitality or retail, may take on old employees during busy periods.

Hiring boomerang workers is a good way to ensure an easier (and less costly) onboarding process. These workers also have familiarity with company culture and job expectations which makes them fit into work more seamlessly. At the same time, however, there is the risk that the boomerang employee will no longer fit into company culture which may have changed in the time they were away.

To mitigate potential issues, organizations need to streamline their hiring processes to pinpoint candidates who are the best fit for the exact role at hand. This means setting clear role expectations and using applicant tracking software such as Multiplier to collaboratively compile thoughts on prospective candidates.

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