Survey Finds Most Executives Willing To Rehire Former Employees

MENLO PARK, CA -- Workers who find the grass isn’t greener with a new employer may be able to bargain for their old jobs back, suggests a recent survey. An overwhelming 90 percent of executives polled said they would gladly roll out the welcome mat for a valued former employee who left in good standing.

The survey was developed by Robert Half, the world’s first and largest staffing service specializing in the accounting, finance and information technology fields. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 executives with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

Executives were asked: “How likely is it that you would consider rehiring a former employee who left your firm in good standing?” Their responses:

Very likely 56%
Somewhat likely 34%
Somewhat unlikely  7%
Very unlikely 3%

“By rehiring staff members who left on good terms, businesses fill critical openings and regain key talent,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half. “In a competitive employment market, this can be a tremendous advantage.”

For workers, the survey findings reinforce the value of not burning bridges with past employers. “Creating a positive last impression leaves the door open to return if the new opportunity doesn’t work out,” Messmer said. He noted that this advice is particularly relevant given the move by some workers to start-up ventures and their subsequent return to prior jobs.

Messmer, who recently authored Human Resources Kit For Dummies, (IDG Books Worldwide), suggests managers keep in touch with valued former employees. “Even if you do not rehire someone, keep him or her in your network. These professionals can be a source for employee referrals or future business, particularly as they advance in their careers.”

Robert Half has more than 270 offices throughout North America, Europe and Australia, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalf.com.

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