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Employers View Boomerang Employees in a New Light

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Employers reconsider workers who've found that the grass is, in fact, not greener on the other side.

Credit: Ceridian

Companies seem more open to "boomerang employees," those who leave and then return to an organization. Employers are open to rehiring former employees for many reasons, including the employee's familiarity with the company, established relationships, and cost savings associated with hiring and onboarding.

Empirical research demonstrates that boomerang employees outperform new hires, and re-entry yields improvements in the satisfaction and organizational commitment of boomerangers. Given the projection that one in five workers globally are planning to quit their jobs, employers must think strategically about how to welcome back their top performers.

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