Well apparently it can! According to research the idea is becoming more accepted with 76% open to rehiring former employees. The concept of developing a boomerang pipeline maybe more appealing to firms with the current skills gap within many industries. Previous employees return with a broader experience and also the former knowledge of the organisation -sounds like a win, win. But how do you create a boomerang pipeline that is focused on rehiring those that you want to return?
In summary, ensuring an excellent off-boarding experience for all employees and building an active programme around your Alumni linking technology with communication, can be powerful in continuing those relationships with employees on exit.
There is emerging evidence that points to why boomerang hires are successful. Firstly they know the organisation relatively well, which aids the transition. (The challenges faced by high performers in transferring high performance from one organisation to another are well documented.) They also return with capabilities gained in the new firm and a larger social network. Finally, a realisation that the grass is not always greener, combined with an indication of commitment from the rehiring firm, can result in increased loyalty to that firm.