Manchester United have recently broken the world transfer record with their purchase of Paul Pogba. Pogba had previously played for Manchester United, who he signed for as a 16-year-old back in 2009 before leaving them in 2012 at the age of 19, to sign for Juventus citing a lack of playing time as his main factor for leaving.
As with any employee returning to a previous employer there are always pros and cons to this decision and it can be worth thinking about these in more detail before making your decision.
Having previously worked in the company you generally will know some people there, be familiar with the location and the environment around the office. This can be a huge bonus as you will feel more comfortable and not have to have those awkward conversations around start time/lunch/time off etc.
More Senior Role:
Ideally you will be returning to the company a more experienced and established person and into a more senior role. You are able to bring the ideas and practices you have learned since leaving your previous company and implement the ones which you feel are most needed
Point to Prove:
There was obviously a reason why you left the company in the first place and now that you are back you should have the motivation to be a star performer and prove a point to everyone that it was the right decision to bring you back to the company
Reason You Left:
There are many reasons why people leave their job and when returning to that your previous employer you have to make sure that those reasons are not still there. If that manager who you didn’t get on with is still there or if the atmosphere has not changed the same thing is going to happen again and in a few months to a year you will be on the market looking for a new role again.
This can be a big factor as you may have left for a better paying job and now be coming back to the company on a higher salary and a more senior position than some of your former colleagues. This can lead to jealousy and can result in falling out with former friends or a tense environment in the office or on your team.
Although going back to your previous employer can result in you moving getting into a more senior position it can also be viewed by some potential future employers as a step backwards. They may look at this as a failure within your career and that you are returning to your old role as you could not succeed in another company. You have to ensure that you are moving back to your previous company for valid reasons and that it is for the benefit of your career.