Former Employees Don’t Have to be Frenemies, They’re Better as Friends

June 27, 2016

In a former life maybe that employee who left your company was dead to you the moment they resigned. Their whole existence symbolized a rebuke of the awesome company you love, but in reality it’s probably more complicated than that, and it’s probably best to resist the urge to turn it into an us vs. them situation. And with the growing trend of the boomerang employee, maybe it’s best not to burn bridges? There are so many reasons why a company and an employee might not work out at a certain period of time. Everyone realizes that. But if that’s not enough, here are more reasons to keep positive vibes flowing with your formers.

1. Brand Loyalty.

Your former employee will remain a loyal customer unless you give him or her a reason not to. And this former employee is going to be asked by others about your company. How do you want them to remember you? What’s their takeaway if you take the long view and wish the best for everyone?

2. Boomerang.

As a trend it’s off the charts. So many employees are going back to former employers and why not? It’s best for both parties. You get to hire someone on without much of a learning curve. Do you realize how much that will save you?

The Take this job and shove it mentality is a dated one. People leave their jobs for more different reasons now. When an employee leaves, he or she typically wants the best outcome for everyone. And if that’s not the case, people will sense that and realize they’re being petty. So as a former employer, there’s no reason not to nurture that relationship into the future and continue to respect that person for the same reasons you hired them in the first place.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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