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Implementing Returnship Programs

How they can benefit organizations

Recruiting and retaining talent remain top of mind for employers. According to Gartner, companies should expect their turnover rates to increase by about 4 percent for the foreseeable feature, and a recent American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Avenue M Group text poll reported that the majority of associations saw double-digit turnover rates last year.

Knowing this, organizations should consider an often-untapped pool of applicants—people who are looking to return to the workforce after a career break.

This group has traditionally had a difficult time returning to the workforce because false assumptions are made when it comes to resume gaps and their ability to pick up where they left off. Jennifer Scott, executive vice president of partnerships, giving and events at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), has found that that the assumptions couldn't be further from the truth.

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