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One-third of workers “boomerang” back to previous employer, survey finds

April 05, 2016

Nearly one-third of American workers, 29%, returned to a previous employer after leaving for some time, according to the WorkSphere survey released today by staffing company Spherion. An additional 41% of workers surveyed reported they are open to being a “boomerang” employee and potentially making such a return.

However, 35% of workers surveyed also reported they would not consider going back, with 27% feeling that such a move would either be a step back in their career and 19% reporting the company culture was not the right fit the first time.

“Because the boomerang concept is growing in popularity as a job-seeking strategy and accepted by a majority of American workers, both employees and employers should be rethinking their approach to each phase of the employment life cycle,” said Spherion Division President Sandy Mazur. “For example, employees should carefully manage their exit in case they want to return down the road, and employers should cast their recruitment net wider to include those who may be looking to come back.”

According to the survey, 36% of employees are more likely to work for a company that accepts boomerang employees, and 47% believe ex-employees should have to participate in a less rigorous hiring process than new candidates. Additionally, 35% of workers believe previous employees should get credit for “previous time clocked” at a former job when they are evaluated for tenure-based benefits.

The survey was conducted online in March 2016 by Research Now among more than 1,000 full- and part-time workers.


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Patria Williams04/05/2016 03:54 pm

I think it is a smart savvy move!

You know the culture there is familiarity with the company!

And the company would be better off hiring you than hiring an outsider!

If I did not have my company, I would consider going back to Federal Express! I worked there some 20 plus years ago! Great company then and still is!

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