Analysis has claimed that hiring former staff – or “boomerangs”, as they’re known as, just isn’t good and firms ought to keep away from it. However we beg to vary.
“It’s tremendous harmful to oversimplify complicated qualitative issues in HR”, wrote Babsi, our VP of HR & Organizational Improvement, in our month-to-month e-newsletter HR2.
Folks go away for a lot of completely different causes, and that is particularly widespread within the tech business. We consider that if folks wish to return, it’s an indication of an excellent match between what they consider in and Runtastic — be it what we do, our work atmosphere or how we roll.
To assist our method, we collected some backstories from Runtastics that returned after a time frame, and that is their perspective:
I noticed that at any time when I shared the place I labored, I didn’t really feel the identical delight as I used to once I stated “I work for Runtastic”,
Moni, Folks and Tradition Supervisor
Once I initially joined Runtastic in 2015 as the primary Expertise Scout, I used to be primarily doing so for the job. But, inside just a few weeks I used to be fully in love with the crew spirit, the internationality, the solution-oriented mindset. And I might have by no means guessed that I might resolve to resign after a bit of greater than three years.
I consider the explanations for me leaving had been two-fold: on the one hand I used to be provided the next place in a distinct business. So, for me, it appeared to be a really pragmatic profession alternative. However, I used to be struggling in my non-public life so I used to be discontent with my general state of affairs. And I consider that I assumed altering jobs would make me glad once more.
Now, reflecting on this, I ought to have identified from the start: neither am I a practical individual (in any respect!), nor would a job be capable to compensate for my non-public unhappiness.
So, inside just a few months within the new job, I knew that I wished to return to Runtastic. I missed the mindset, I missed the way in which we labored, and I missed the crew. And I noticed that at any time when I shared the place I labored, I didn’t really feel the identical delight as I used to once I stated “I work for Runtastic”. Sure, this nonetheless provides me the chills.
So, once I was capable of rejoin inside a 12 months, I couldn’t have been happier. I used to be allowed to tackle new obligations, but keep inside the similar crew; and cherished that I used to be welcomed again so brazenly and wholeheartedly. And whereas the pandemic has taken its toll on our social interactions, I nonetheless can not think about a spot with a greater bunch of individuals.
“There are various technical issues to geek out about which have improved over the past years”,
Erik, Backend Software program Engineer
There are two predominant the reason why I joined again in 2016. As a passionate bicycle owner, I like driving within the mountains. Austria is clearly an excellent place to stay in case you’re into biking, climbing, climbing or simply nature basically. Discovering a job there introduced me one step nearer to doing my pastime in an atmosphere I actually take pleasure in.
The second influencing issue was about working in a site which matches my private pursuits. As a software program engineer, yow will discover a job in lots of industries. Utilizing my career to work on merchandise which can be “in line” with my hobbies was a robust argument to hitch the corporate.
One thing that basically stood out for me was the skilled and supportive atmosphere. It already began earlier than relocating from Germany, by supporting me with my relocation expertise, and ended with a productive exit speak which left no one indignant.
Working right here was an excellent studying expertise for me, too. Whereas truthfully being a bit overwhelmed by the complexity of the system now and again, there was at all times somebody to succeed in out and ask for assist.
Working remotely was not an possibility again then, and I needed to relocate to my hometown for private causes. Going again house, I discovered a job at an organization I used to be already working for throughout my research. The working atmosphere and expectations had been fairly completely different since constructing software program wasn’t their predominant enterprise (building business). Because the crew I joined was newly established, we had the liberty to arrange our personal processes and select an acceptable tech stack. On this time, my crew closely benefitted from the experiences I gained at Runtastic.
After some time, nonetheless having the constraint of not having the ability to relocate to or close to Austria, it was nice information to obtain a message from a former colleague (or higher, a buddy), that Runtastic began hiring distant staff. This, mixed with my nice reminiscences and improvement alternatives, made me resolve to rejoin remotely, and I completely don’t remorse it!
There are various technical issues to geek out about which have improved over the past years, which makes engaged on our code base much more enjoyable. The distant setup works high-quality for me, too. I’m actually glad that I joined a squad which partly consists of my former Salzburg colleagues.
I used to be at all times assured to satisfy devoted, progressive and caring crew members”,
Tanja, Backend Software program Engineer
In 2016, I completed my research within the subject of biomedical informatics and was due to this fact searching for a job the place I might apply the talents I acquired throughout my time at college. I realized from a buddy that Runtastic was hiring for a Knowledge Engineer at the moment.
Though I used to be a bit skeptical about how nicely geared up I might be for that place, I made a decision to hitch Runtastic and it turned out to be an excellent match as processing sports activities information of a giant consumer base for analytical functions just isn’t that completely different from processing big biomedical datasets.
I actually loved working within the information crew, there have been fairly just a few new issues to study and I acquired to collaborate with plenty of proficient and passionate folks inside and outdoors of the crew to offer the perfect experiences to our customers.
This additionally gave me the possibility to get insights into how different groups and roles at Runtastic are working and I used to be particularly fascinated by our backend crew and the way they dealt with tens of millions of API requests from the apps daily.
Once I relocated to a different metropolis inside Austria after 3 years as a Knowledge Engineer as a result of private causes, I made a decision to additionally swap my focus and took on a software program engineering function at one other firm. Again then, Runtastic was beginning to allow staff to work remotely, however I had the sensation that wasn’t the correct factor for me. Because the pandemic hit Austria solely a short while later, I needed to do business from home anyhow, and came upon that it really labored out fairly nicely for me. Additionally, I missed the Runtastic tradition — the proactive, numerous and open-minded atmosphere. I used to be more than pleased once I acquired the possibility to rejoin as a Backend Engineer, working remotely from my new house.
It has been a little bit of a bumpy experience since then by way of a consistently altering crew setup, as Runtastic undoubtedly stays true to its agile mindset worth, flexibly adapting to new conditions and roadmaps. Nonetheless, irrespective of which groups I joined or labored along with since then, I used to be at all times assured to satisfy devoted, progressive and caring crew members. I’m grateful that this has and won’t change at Runtastic, irrespective of the circumstances.
Contemplating a Change?
Everybody has their very own causes for coming again. And we welcome them as if it had been their first time round. That makes our crew spirit even stronger.
Have you ever labored or carried out an internship with us previously? Or would you be concerned about being a brand new Runtastic? Take a look at our profession web page, there is perhaps one thing for you. We welcome everybody, and no, you don’t have to be sporty to hitch the crew.