… the HR Minion. Because even minions have opinions. And giggles.

Can you go home again?

They say you can never go home again and I believe that there is a lot of truth in that. Once you leave home and start exploring the world around you, the experience when you come back is never the same again. Things change, friends change, and most importantly you change as well.

That’s the way things are supposed to be. If everything stayed the same, including yourself, then something is wrong.

I’ve heard a lot of talk about “boomerrang employees” this year. You know, former employees of a company who come back after leaving to work elsewhere. It’s increasingly common and a lot of companies are looking for ways to maintain good relationships with leaving employees exactly for that reason.

There is a lot of value in telling leaving top talent “we are sad to see you go and would love to have you back someday.” Smart employees know the value in leaving with all bridges intact and structurally sound.

Now, as I type this I am sitting at the gate, waiting for my plane to arrive as I’m about to head out on the long trip back to Minnesota. I’m excited to see everyone and I’m looking forward to celebrating my sister’s 33rd birthday (11/11/11, you gotta celebrate that). And I realize three things: One, I do a lot of blogging at airports. Two, I need a keyboard for my iPad, this is awkward. And three, I want things to be different.

Come on Minnesota, surprise me. I’m looking forward to it.

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