Should You Rehire Former Employees


In today’s changing world, it is not uncommon for companies to change their employee roster to match their customers’ needs. Employees came and went, with some staying for good and a few coming back.

While it is ok to have returning or former employees hoping to work for you again, it is crucial that you have a clear guideline for one’s eligibility to be rehired and what restrictions will be considered.

If you are uncertain if you should rehire a former employee when you have a job opening, here are some things you need to consider.

Pros of Rehiring a Former Employee

Rehiring a former employee can present many benefits if you don’t want to gamble your business or company’s future to an untested employee.

Here are some of the benefits of having a former employee back in your employ:

#1 They Already Know Your Company’s Work Culture

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4 thoughts on “Should You Rehire Former Employees”

  1. If a company rehires someone “because they’re cheaper”, they basically guarantee problems going forward. If we truly have a shrinking workforce — and we’ve lost a ton of people iin the last year who were of working age — companies need to rethink employee retention practices.

    1. I don’t think the “they are cheaper” is the good reason to rehire… I recall people who left companies for a variety of reasons – moved and then moved back, other company did not work out… showed they wanted to come back to a company they liked and did well at. Could show that second time around would be a good choice for both. The cases I recall were in firms that managed payrolls for small and medium sized firms.

    2. I know examples where the “second time around” worked extremely well for all involved. Conversely, there are also examples where returners bailed again at the next opportunity.

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