Why ‘boomerang employees’ may be a valuable source of talent

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Proceed with caution.

That’s the key message of a research report that will be published in the Journal of Management next year about “boomerang employees,” or workers who were rehired by a former employee, an issue that could soon gain traction as workers sidelined by the pandemic seek to return to the workforce.

The four authors of Welcome Back? Job Performance and Turnover of Boomerang Employees Compared to Internal and External Hires gathered data between 2000 and 2010 on more than 30,000 employees of a large retail organization who were initially hired or rehired into a management trainee position. The

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