Do People Really Go Back To Their Old Workplaces?

Posted by Nicole Williams on 09 August 2016

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As the news came in that paul Pogba has re-signed for Manchester United for a whopping £89m (€110m), how likely is it for people to go back to companies that they’ve previously left?

Pogba, who left Manchester United for Juventus in 2012 when his contract ended. He was 19 at the time and it cost Juventus just £1.5m to sign him. He was pictured at Manchester United on Monday for a medical assessment, which is required of any footballer wishing to sign for a new club. The transfer was completed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Outside of the world of football, it isn't all that likely for people to go back to their old workplace, however it does happen sometimes. They switch jobs, only to realise days or weeks later that they have made a huge mistake. It may seem inconceivable, but it is possible to go back.

Bouncing back to a former employer is not quite as bad as it used to be seen. People who have done it say it is often worth the humiliation of admitting you made a mistake. In terms of the company itself, returning employees often appreciate their jobs much more, as they know what they could lose this time around.

U-turns, as the practice is known, happens most in the creative industry, from design to media agencies and consulting firms. Some job-changers say they go back because they miss their workplace culture, their colleagues or even their boss. Others return after the opportunity they quit for fizzles out.

For whatever the reason, ‘U-turns’ do happen, so don’t be embarrassed if you want to go back to the company you just quit. You never know, your boss might just be waiting for you to ask!