Boomerang employees are people who have left an organization and then been rehired at a later date. It used to be taboo. In fact, about 50% of HR professionals surveyed say their organizations had policies that prohibited rehiring former employees in the past. But over 75% of those same HR professionals say their companies are more willing to rehire boomerang employees now than ever before.

Should you consider returning to a former employer? And if you do, what can you expect? Talent Plus (the company I work for) actively recruits boomerangs. We know that talented people sometimes have opportunities for growth elsewhere that they just can’t – and shouldn’t — pass up. And when their circumstances (and ours) change, we actively recruit them back.

This year’s ASHHRA Conference was hosted in the beautiful city of Seattle. I was excited to listen to the speakers, connect with passionate leaders and learn more about putting the human back in health care.  In this ever-changing technology and science-driven industry, conversations revolved around how to build teams and leaders, how to drive organizational change and how to select for those that will succeed in this type of environment.

Hire Hard. Manage Easy.SM

That’s a maxim that can take you a long way as a manager and leader.

But no matter how diligent you are in the hiring process, some parts of managing people are just plain hard.

Let’s talk about the Peter Principle.

Stated simply, it’s the idea that, in a hierarchy – where the best performers at one level of the hierarchy are chosen to rise to the next level – every person eventually rises to his or her level of incompetence.

Nobody wants that.

If your boss does not invest time in mentoring you, you must take charge of your own success and development. Begin by articulating a vision for your future. Be clear about your values, commitments, passions, goals and aspirations. Don’t merely think about these things. Write them down. The discipline of expressing these ideas in writing is challenging, and it can be frustrating, but it leads to clarity. That foundation then acts as your true north, providing you with a basis for making sound decisions and having high quality conversations with people who can contribute to your success.