One in two millennials would be likely to return to previous employer

But, new Monster survey reveals most Boomers aren't boomeranging

TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Is saying goodbye to an employer really permanent? A recent survey from Monster Canada found that half of Canadians aged 18-34 (50 per cent) would be likely to return to a previous employer. As for those Canadians nearing the end of their career, aged 55 and older, seven out of 10 have never returned to a job they left.

"There is tremendous value in the relationships that people establish at work," says Sheryl Boswell, Director of Marketing, Monster Canada. "Saying goodbye to an employer isn't always written in stone. These survey results show that, for Canadians, building bridges in your career is critical for unimagined opportunities."

One step back, two steps forward
The survey, conducted by Leger, found that more broadly, four in 10 Canadians would be likely to return to an employer in their career. Overall, men are more likely (44 per cent) than women (36 per cent) to boomerang. So far in their careers, more than one in three millennials (36 per cent) have boomeranged to a previous employer.

"It appears that millennials are having satisfying experiences at work that may easily draw them back to an employer," says Boswell. "They sometimes leave equipped with the experience and intention of returning to the employer in a more advanced role."

Stepping stones and building blocks
As Canadians gain valuable skills from one job to another, one-quarter (23 per cent) of Canadians who are likely to return to a previous employer say the top reason is that they believe they would earn a good salary. For men, this is also the top reason (25 per cent). But for women, the top reason is work/life balance (24 per cent).

Other reasons Canadians would be likely to return to a previous employer are: opportunities for growth and personal development (17 per cent); missing the people (17 per cent); work culture (11 per cent); and a desire to work for the company's current leadership (7 per cent).

"If you're thinking of boomeranging at some point in your career, try and leave the way you entered a role: positive and professional," says Boswell. "As you make your exit, think about relationships you want to continue nurturing and what you want to gain from your next role and even the one after."

Mean it when you say it
From a regional perspective, when Quebecers quit, they quit for good. So much so that only 17 per cent indicated they would be likely to return to a previous employer. In addition, only 28 per cent of those in Quebec have returned to a previous employer, compared to 36 per cent of Canadians in other provinces.

"Those living in Quebec seem to plan their careers in a more linear pattern compared to the rest of Canadians," says Boswell. "They may have landed a job because of something they did at a previous employer and continue to build on that foundation and momentum to find better moving forward."

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About Monster Worldwide
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW) is a global leader in connecting people to jobs, wherever they are. For more than 20 years, Monster has helped people improve their lives with better jobs, and employers find the best talent. Today, the company offers services in more than 40 countries, providing some of the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities. Monster continues its pioneering work of transforming the recruiting industry with advanced technology using intelligent digital, social and mobile solutions, including our flagship website® and a vast array of products and services. For more information visit

About the Survey
Leger conducted a quantitative online survey of 1,533 Canadians. The fieldwork was completed between July 11-14, 2016. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20. 

SOURCE Monster

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