Should You Return to a Former Employer? Well, It Depends…

In the HR world, this topic comes up more often than you’d think. Boomerangs. That is, former employees who resign to pursue new endeavors only to find out the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. In turn, they come back to a former employer.

According to a piece in The New York Post, it’s always key to leave a former employer on good terms.

And, keep it mind this depends on the situation. Some employers may walk employees out the door when they resign and if so, you’d probably be wise to stay away from returning to a company that exhibits such a practice. 

Greg Giangrande, human resources executive in the media industry, writes in his column:

“Leaving a former employer on good terms is critical, not just so you can get a good reference, but because life and careers are long, and the employment market is dynamic. Contacting your former employer about a possible return at some point, should an opportunity exist, is fine.”

Before you leap into thinking about your grandiose former employer (remember, there were probably a few main reasons why you left in the first place), give your new opportunity some time. Ensure you’re not making an impulse move.

He adds, “Job changes often result in early anxiety, and buyer’s remorse may be more about the time it takes to adapt to a new culture and establishing new relationships than reflecting a mistake.”

So, yes it’s not uncommon to return to a former employer and the best possible scenario is to gain experience elsewhere and then return at a higher level and salary than to return in a lateral move after being at a new employer for a relatively short period of time.

Publish date: December 9, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT