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Good employees should never leave, says HR think tank

Good employees should never leave, says HR think tank
 
According to research by a leading HR think-tank, as many as four out of every five leavers would consider working for their employers again. But few organisations have established effective systems for tracking and bringing back the best people. Thats the message from the Ochre House Network think-tank, which is made up of over 650 major employers including GE, Kimberley-Clark, Lilly, Microsoft and United Biscuits.
 
At its latest meeting the think-tank concluded that an employees resignation and departure should be regarded as a natural and possibly temporary process rather than as a cut-off point. Organisations should be thinking in what were described as Hotel California terms you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Delegates cited Johnson & Johnsons boomerang scheme and Astra Zenecas open door policy as prime examples of this thinking put into practice.
 
Too many employers seem to see resignation as the end rather than the beginning, says Ochre House director and think-tank leader, Helena Parry. However its much more realistic and productive to accept that its natural for the best people to explore new career opportunities, but can often be enticed back through keep in touch programmes, perhaps even more skilled and able than when they left. The key to success seems to lie in a clear allocation of responsibility for such programmes and a commitment to regular, relevant, but nor intrusive contact. But so far, few companies have succeeded in building this elastic talent pipeline.

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