When employees decide to leave a job and move on with their careers, they may think their last look at their old employer will be in the rearview mirror. But more and more, their goodbyes are morphing into hellos. A new study from staffing company Spherion shows a rise in the number of “boomerang” employees—people who leave an employer only to eventually return.
The Spherion research shows that 29 percent of workers in its March 2016 WorkSphere Survey, which polled 1,000 employed U.S. adults, have returned to a former employer at least once in their careers. Plus, 52 percent of the employees reported working with at least one boomerang colleague, and 41 percent said they also would consider returning to a former employer.