Seeking Opinions: I am actively interviewing to fill some open positions.
(I am the hiring senior manager, not part of the H/R team.) A former employee reached out to her former manager (who works for me) and expressed an interest in coming back. While this employee has no real strikes against her, and her performance was adequate, she has had two separate tenures with the company, having left twice of her own accord. It’s been several years since she left. We are now working remotely, which is why she has reached out, and based on her previous employment (having worked alongside her several years ago before having been promoted into a management role) I am not confident that she can be successful. It’s a much different job now than it was when she last held this position, and I think the lack of physical support around her would be challenging... but the lure of bringing back someone who can get up to speed quickly is appealing right now, as my staff is crumbling from
burnout, and our usual up-time for a brand new employee is 2+ months. My gut says no, and even asks “why go down this road a third time?” - but am I dismissing what could be a mutually beneficial opportunity too quickly? I’m genuinely curious - what would you do?