The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Old Employee

Should you rehire someone who worked for you and then left to go somewhere else? The short answer is that it depends. It depends on what kind of worker the person was and under what terms he or she left the company.

But there are many good reasons to rehire these former workers, known as boomerang employees.

Naturally, when presented with such a situation, your first consideration should be the kind of worker the boomerang candidate was. Was he or she a good performer? Did he go above and beyond what was required? Did he add real value to the company? If his performance was questionable, you will probably want to take a pass.

Another consideration is why the person left. If he or she left because he had difficulties with his supervisor, or had conflicts with other workers, or chafed at following company policy, you probably don’t want him back.

However, if the person was a good employee and simply left to pursue other opportunities, you may want him back. Here are a few reasons why.

1. You know the person

You have seen him or her in action. You have seen how he performs on a daily basis. You know what the person can and cannot do, his strengths and weaknesses, and how he gets along with other people. This is a lot more information than you will have on other job candidates.

2. The person knows you.

In other words, he knows the company and its culture intimately. He knows the policies and procedures and the people. He knows what to expect. He can hit the ground running, without the need for any extensive training or orientation.

3. He can add value to the company

The boomerang candidate has learned new skills and knowledge while working elsewhere, things he can bring to your company to improve its performance. The person has seen how other companies do things. He has met with and worked with other people and presumably learned a good deal from them.

So, it is safe to assume that the person is returning a much better employee than he left.

If your company is looking for good performers, people who can add value to your company, you need to contact the people at Arrow Staffing. We thoroughly evaluate our job candidates to make sure they can do the job. Give Arrow a call today.


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