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When employee says leaving was a mistake, would it be a mistake to rehire him?

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Question: “We have a former employee who resigned one week ago. He has now called back and said it was a mistake for him to leave. He left us on good terms, and we are thinking about hiring him back. Does anyone foresee any problems? If we do rehire him, how should we handle issues like seniority, pay, accrued vacation, health benefits, etc?” — Nancy


It's a classic HR-type question. The answer is "It depends." Why did he leave? Is that bad situation fixed? Was it for more $$ ? Are you going to give him more $$? If not, what is there to prevent him from leaving again? I have found that once an employee makes the philosophical decision to leave, it's hard to get him/her back. However, leaving for a better job, then coming back for an even bigger promotion some time later has worked. The worst situation was that in his mind his resignation was a 'dare' or a chal...(register to read more)

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julie August 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I have my employer telling me that it is against the law to go back to my original start date. Even though I was told when I was rehired that they would just go back to my original start date…I was gone for 1 month


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