Well, just like they teach you as a kid to stop, drop and roll if you are ever on fire. The same concept should apply when asked to come back to a former workplace: Stop what you are doing. Drop your jaw. And think of something really good to say to roll right out of that conversation. Save it for later and give it some time to think before you speak!
It’s been a little over 2 years since I left my former workplace. I haven’t regretted it yet. Since then, I’ve been contacted 3 times to come back. Nope, not a typo. 3. Are they hoping 3rd times a charm? I didn’t burn any bridges when I left. And still randomly text my former boss as we are still respectable colleagues and he keeps me updated on the happenings in our former area. They’ve had 3 people in my position since I’ve left. None have stayed. That should speak volumes how “amazing” my former job was. I didn’t quit my bosses like most people did. I finally quit because the job didn’t match my current stage in life. There’s also many things wrong with the position I was in at my former workplace. But, it’s beyond current management’s control and we won’t get into those other things right now.
Let’s take a moment and examine the work and life balance, which are the main parts of the conversations I’ve had, and you can have with your former workplace too if they call. If you a part of the normal operating workforce (not striving for financial independence & early retirement), I believe your working years can be divided into 3rds. Or, even quarters for those that work into their 70s. Dang, more power those of you who want to do that! Today we are going to examine these stages in life and how to answer that awkward moment question when your former workplace says, “Hey. We really miss you. Your old job is open. Again. Will you come back?” [Read more…] about Ring Ring, It’s Your Former Workplace Calling…We Want You Back!