'Boomerang employees' are going back to the old jobs they quit

Familiarity, fears of recession and regrets about the Great Resignation are drawing workers back, and bosses are boasting about it on social media

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Companies considering bringing back a boomerang candidate need to investigate carefully why he or she left in the first place.

Charlie Wells | Bloomberg
Forget return to office. In this economy, many employees are returning to previous employers, breaking taboos about workplace loyalty and bucking assumptions about the so-called Great Resignation.

Their numbers are up. In the US in the first quarter of this year, 4.2 per cent of all new hires for companies that advertised jobs on LinkedIn were boomerangs, compared to 3.3 per cent in 2019, the social-media firm said.

Their reasons for returning are varied. What’s more, their returns are being brandished by firms large and small, who are boasting everywhere from social media to Slack that the grass isn’t always greener on

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First Published: Aug 19 2022 | 12:11 AM IST

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