Staying on good terms with departing employees is a sound business strategy as many of those workers may someday return to their former employers. And while in the past organizations may have had policies against rehiring former employees, those types of policies are becoming less common.

“Boomerang” employees are becoming more prevalent, according to a new study commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos and Nearly half of HR professionals claim their organization previously had a policy against rehiring former employees – even if the employee left in good standing – but 76% say they are more accepting of hiring boomerang employees today than in the past.

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