A 2022 research from payroll firm UKG saw that as 43% of people who quit their jobs during the pandemic now concede they were in an ideal situation in their old work.
It additionally detailed that almost 1 of every 5 individuals who quit during the pandemic have proactively returned to the gig they left.
These people are in some cases alluded to as boomerang workers, and they could be the next enormous trend after the alleged Great Resignation, as per working environment specialists.
The Great Resignation, or the Great Reshuffle, saw influxes of workers find employment elsewhere during the pandemic for more better compensation or what they saw as greener pastures.
We’ve seen an emerging trend in talent acquisition to target former employees — they know the business, the workplace culture, and have lower onboarding costs.
A lot of workers were tossed into a kind of shock when COVID hit and chose to leave previously-tolerable employers for options they hoped would give them more control, more money, or just some different.
Nonetheless, since the world has gotten back to some pre-Covid business as usual, “our old gigs might look a little better,” added Harris, who was part of a team who conducted research on boomerang employees.
“Coinciding with all of this, our old organizations may have changed and adapted since our departure in ways that improve their value proposition. Maybe they’re more flexible … maybe they’ve had a chance to adjust their compensation strategy.”
Strangely, as workers were leaving, a talent lack was made in numerous jobs during the pandemic. And there has been an emerging trend in talent acquisition to target former employees — they know the business, the workplace culture, and have lower onboarding costs.
Of course, there are still some employers that are pretty anti-boomerang hiring because … they think it sends a harmful signal to other employees about loyalty.
By the way, there are still some employers that are pretty anti-boomerang hiring because … they think it sends a harmful signal to other employees about loyalty.
But if you were a high performer at your previous job, you may have little to worry about because your former employer might already be keeping tabs on you.
Meanwhile, workplace experts have also cautioned that things at your old gig may not be as rosy as it seems. The biggest downside is “ensuring that the reason you left in the first place has been addressed or resolved.