Re-Hiring Former Employees

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During the economic downtime of the mid 2000’s there were plenty of employers who were forced to lay off good employees. Now that work has picked up for many of those companies, is it a good idea for them to hire back some of their old workforce?

That all depends:

  1. Did they move on to a firm where they learned some things that could help your company out?
  2. Were they a good worker?
  3. How was their attitude when they left your company?
  4. Would other team members be happy to have that person come back?

I remember that at one time a customer of ours had to lay some really good people off. It wasn’t a choice they were happy to make, but they just couldn’t afford to pay them any longer. The people they laid off, while sad they were losing their jobs, fully understood why they were getting cut from the payroll.

Business picked up and the first people this customer reached out to were their former employees! Some of them said thanks but no thanks, but others had loved working for this customerĀ and they wanted to return. While the former employees worked elsewhere, they had honed their skills, learned new ones and they would definitely be an asset to the company once again.

If, on the other hand, the person who is asking to come back was a difficult employee, hiring them back could be more of a risk. However, that’s not always the case. If they were grumbling over a lack of advancement, or they had personality problems with a manager who is no longer at the company, then I would think it could be just fine to invite that person back. Provided that their attitude has changed, and their personalities now seem to meld better with current management.

Pete DiSalvo

Vero Beach Certified Public Accountant

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