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5 tips for returning to a former employer

Return to the fold in style with expert advice from HR Director David Clift.

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In today’s workplace, even the companies with the best cultures and reputation for looking after their workers will see staff leave for pastures new. Most businesses face the ongoing challenge of replacing these employees with fresh talent without it impacting business performance in the short-term.

Employers normally see a certain amount of staff churn as a positive as it encourages constant fresh thinking and ensures a vibrant workplace where new blood is continually joining the ranks. However, what unique challenges are posed to employees who are returning to an organisation for a second spell?

Following the news that Wayne Rooney is to return to his boyhood club of Everton after a 13-year absence, David Clift, HR director at totaljobs has pulled together a series of top tips for employees returning to their former company after a period of time working elsewhere.

How can these returning employees take advantage of their greater experience of the company, without alienating the new era of staff many of which won’t remember their first tenure in the organisation?

1. Make your experience relevant

Your longer-term experience of the company can be an asset for members of staff yet to fully understand the organisational culture. Take every opportunity to add value to the organisation by informing business decisions based on your previous experience of the company.

2. Pre-empt and troubleshoot

It’s more than likely that the senior management team of the organisation won’t have changed much unless you have been away for over a decade. Use this to your advantage and seek to pre-empt requests you can see the board making based on your greater knowledge of their personalities.

3. Compare and contrast

Whilst you will likely have greater experience of the long-term history the business, also realise the value of your experience outside of the business. Be proactive and put forward suggestions of practices and initiatives that were successful in your previous organisation to showcase what you have learnt in your time away.

4. Resist romanticising ‘the glory years’

Whilst your previous experience of the company is useful when it comes to managing management personalities and the organisational culture, resist the urge to constantly compare the softer side of life within the company.

So talking about how great company socials or your team were ‘back in the day’ will only serve to alienate your colleagues who will have formed their own dynamic in your absence.

5. Keep it professional

There is someone in every organisation whose personality will be totally different to yours, which can lead to clashes. Avoid voicing criticism of former colleagues who have left the business since your first stint. You don’t know who within the building are still friends with those who have since left the building.

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