But sometimes new roles don’t go as planned, and some workers end up coming back. to the job they left.
“There can be buyer’s remorse where people may have jumped ship…they’re looking for fair compensation, plus perks and flexibility,” said Vicki Salemi, career expert for the platform. job search engine. “Now they’re in the job and it’s not all new anymore and they think, ‘this is not the right culture for me.'”
Here’s why these “boomerang” workers decided to return to their former employers.
I missed interacting with people
Stacey Chia returned to the workforce at the end of 2020 after a decade spent at home with her two children.
“My whole goal for my career is to find something that I’m passionate about,” said Chia, who lives in Olathe, Kansas.
She has always wanted to work with animals and is studying to become a veterinary technician. In November 2020, she joined Dogtopia Dog Daycare as a part-time Front Desk Coordinator.
She enjoyed interacting with pets, as well as people.
But last summer, when a local vet clinic approached an open kennel manager position, she thought it would be a good experience to have in her quest to become a vet tech.
The position also came with a slightly higher salary and more hours. But after only a few days of work, she realized that it was not the right person.
“As a kennel manager you just manage the dogs which is also fun but I really missed working face to face with people,” she said.
About a month into her new job, Chia nervously contacted her former boss at Dogtopia and told him that she missed the atmosphere and the interaction with customers.
She was offered her previous job with a raise and has since been promoted to assistant manager.
“I was flabbergasted,” she said. “I never thought I would ever be in a managerial position…it worked out perfectly.”
Not the right time
After working as an executive recruiter at Microsoft for more than four years, Michael Rotteveel began to wonder if it was time for a new opportunity.
“When you go over three or four years, you assess: are you in the best place for your career?” Rotveel said.
When another tech company reached out to him in November, he was ready to take the call.
“They were going through a significant period of transformation and were looking to expand and transform the team I joined,” said London-based Rotteveel. “The opportunity on paper was really attractive. It would have used my skills and experience gained both at Microsoft and in previous roles. It also turned out to be a promotion that offered both benefits learning and financial.”
So he decided to leave Microsoft and started the new job a few days later.
But as he spent more time in his new role, he realized the timing just wasn’t right.
“Once on the pitch, I realized they were on a slightly different stage of their own journey and for me to add the value I hoped to bring, I needed them to be a bit further. on this trip,” he said.
And while it’s normal for there to be an adjustment period when starting a new job, Rotteveel said he never felt like he had settled down.
“Usually after a period of four to eight weeks the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place if it’s good…I haven’t found myself in the rhythm that I was hoping to find myself in,” a- he declared. “Your stress levels are slightly higher when you move into a new job, but that hasn’t stabilized.”
He also missed the relationships he had forged and the culture of Microsoft.
“I hadn’t realized the impact it had on me and how much it played into my life until I walked away.”
So he reached out to his former manager, explained the situation to him, and said he would be interested in potential opportunities with Microsoft.
In March, after a few months on the job, he resigned and joined Microsoft in the same role and same department.
While he was nervous about coming back, he said everyone was welcoming.
“It worked like a little advantage for me…I started running,” he said. “I have a multidimensional view of Microsoft having worked for the company for as long as I have and being out and being able to look at Microsoft from the outside gave me a different appreciation of the company.”
The continuous pursuit of career development
Celine Levy was in her second year working on the smart marketing platform Skai (known as Kenshoo at the time) when the pandemic hit. As a senior customer success manager, it was common for her to be in client offices for meetings twice a week, so it took a while to transition to fully virtual meetings when the pandemic shutdowns started in March 2020.
“Not having that face-to-face conversation or bringing clients out was definitely the biggest transition, especially since we were taking on new clients and never had the opportunity to meet them in person. .”
Levy loved her job, but was also looking to broaden her experience and began shadowing a division of the company’s sales team.
Then, last spring, a friend of hers offered a job opportunity for a similar position, but at a bigger company. The role meant she would work with fewer, but bigger, clients. “I wasn’t actively looking. It just fell into my lap.”
The decision to leave Skai was a difficult one, but Levy took the plunge last April.
“The overall package was compelling, it wasn’t the hard decision. The hardest decision was: is it time for me to leave Skai? Skai.”
About 10 months after starting her new job, she said a former colleague of hers told her that a role on the team she had previously followed had an opening.
Another difficult decision followed. She was enjoying her new job, but the role at Skai would broaden her career by providing new experiences and allowing her to become more involved in growing the business.
“The biggest aspect that brought me back to this role is that it requires a lot of cross-collaboration with different teams internally.”
She’s been back for a few months and although she said there have been changes since leaving, she feels capable of making a bigger impact.
“When you work in a company, you kind of have blinders on what you think everyone is doing or doing and when you leave you come back with a renewed and broader perspective,” she said.