Making a comeback

Best practices in boomerang hiring
By Angus Duff and Salvador Barragan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/20/2015

In the ever-elusive search for talent, organizations are reaching for a new tool in the talent management quiver — the boomerang hire. Boomerang hiring is a talent management approach where employers re-hire past employees to return to the firm. 


Virtually all employers engage in boomerang hiring to some extent. On the surface, this seems like a simple and cost-effective way to bring in workers who have already proven themselves and, therefore, are very likely to be successful again. Organizations dealing with industry-wide skills shortages, such as those in information technology or bio-sciences, have embraced this approach.