Did COVID push you into a career move decision you regret?

If you’re worried about the reception you'll receive when you give your old boss a call, think again. It could be the best career decision you’ve ever made?

If you want your old job back but fear that you may get cool response if you get in touch, think again because many businesses are busy wooing their ex-workers.

Most industries, worldwide are facing skills shortages and UK energy provider Scottish Power has left no stone unturned in its biggest ever recruitment drive; even using government research to attract their old employees back to the fold.

A press release from the company states that research conducted by YouGov shows that ‘the grass isn’t always greener’ when it comes to changing jobs, with two-thirds (63%) of those who regret leaving a job confessing their new role isn’t what they expected it to be. Over a third (34%) miss the people they worked with. 

The research ‘identifies’ – says the press release – ‘a trend of boomerang employees’ returning to previous jobs as the labour market stabilises – with nearly half (47%) of people considering returning to a past role.

The organisation’s HR director Sarah McNulty says “These new findings show there’s no issue in making a comeback at an old employer. A surprising number of people are returning to their former workplace, either slotting back into their old job or using the skills they’ve picked up in the time since leaving to take on a new challenge.”

“In the last three years the workplace has changed fundamentally. We now have greater flexibility in how and where we work, so it makes sense that people are looking back at old jobs with a fresh perspective.”

“We have roles available for candidates at all stages of their career – we want to hear from anyone who is passionate about creating a better future, quicker, for everyone.” 

So, if you’re worried about the reception you might get when you give your old boss a call, think again. It might be the best career decision you’ve ever made?