Used to be that an employee who left a company was persona non grata in terms of ever being rehired. In fact, one of A. Gerald Perenchio's famous "rules of the road" is to never re-hire a former employee. (It's his only rule I disagree with).
Times have changed, and employers are finding out that a 'boomerang' employee adds value to their business.
An employee who left and returns adds a new perspective; additional skill sets; and often an additional appreciation for their former employer.
Many employees leave because of the 'grass is greener' theory, but often don't find it to be true.
If you're looking for a skilled worker, don't automatically reject a candidate merely because they used to work for your company. Take an objective look at what they bring to the table for you today. If their original departure was amiable and professional, chances are you'll reap benefits from hiring a person who is familiar with your corporate culture and who can re-appreciate the benefits of working for you.
Thanks to South Jersey Courier Post Online.