Just One More Question

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One question that should be on every company’s survey is ‘‘Would you

consider returning to the company, and if so, under what conditions?’’ Of

course, asking this question requires that the company be willing to rehire

former employees; as amazing as it may seem, there are still lots of companies

who will not. Employers of choice, however, realize that former employees

are to be viewed as alumni—to be kept in touch with and

considered for rehire when the time is right.

Departing employees who answer this question affirmatively should be

listed in a special recruiting database and contacted periodically by e-mail.

There are few things more gratifying than welcoming back to the company

a former employee who thought the grass might be greener, found out it

wasn’t, and has come back to tell and retell that story to their colleagues.