Why do former workers return to Runtastic?


Analysis has claimed that hiring former workers – or “boomerangs”, as they’re known as, is just not good and corporations ought to keep away from it. However we beg to vary. 

“It’s tremendous harmful to oversimplify advanced qualitative issues in HR”, wrote Babsi, our VP of HR & Organizational Improvement, in our month-to-month publication HR2.

Individuals depart for a lot of totally different causes, and that is particularly frequent within the tech business. We consider that if individuals wish to return, it’s an indication of an incredible match between what they consider in and Runtastic — be it what we do, our work setting or how we roll.

To assist our strategy, we collected some backstories from Runtastics that returned after a time period, and that is their perspective:

Moni, Human Relations

I noticed that each time 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, Individuals and Tradition Supervisor

After I initially joined Runtastic in 2015 as the primary Expertise Scout, I used to be primarily doing so for the job. But, inside a couple of 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 just a little greater than three years.

I consider the explanations for me leaving have been two-fold: on the one hand I used to be supplied a better place in a distinct business. So, for me, it gave the impression to be a really pragmatic profession alternative. Then again, I used to be struggling in my personal life so I used to be discontent with my general scenario. And I consider that I believed altering jobs would make me glad once more. 

Now, reflecting on this, I ought to have recognized from the start: neither am I a realistic particular person (in any respect!), nor would a job be capable of compensate for my personal unhappiness. 

So, inside a couple of months within the new job, I knew that I wished to return to Runtastic. I missed the mindset, I missed the best way we labored, and I missed the crew. And I noticed that each time 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 yr, I couldn’t have been happier. I used to be allowed to tackle new tasks, but keep throughout the identical 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’t think about a spot with a greater bunch of individuals. 

Erik, software engineer

“There are various technical issues to geek out about which have improved over the past years”,

Erik, Backend Software program Engineer

There are two principal explanation why I joined again in 2016. As a passionate bicycle owner, I like driving within the mountains. Austria is clearly an incredible place to dwell in case you’re into biking, mountaineering, climbing or simply nature normally. Discovering a job there introduced me one step nearer to doing my pastime in an setting I actually get pleasure from.

The second influencing issue was about working in a website which matches my private pursuits. As a software program engineer, yow will discover a job in lots of industries. Utilizing my occupation to work on merchandise which might be “in line” with my hobbies was a powerful argument to affix the corporate.

One thing that actually stood out for me was the skilled and supportive setting. 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 offended.

Working right here was an incredible studying expertise for me, too. Whereas actually being a bit overwhelmed by the complexity of the system on occasion, 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 dwelling, I discovered a job at an organization I used to be already working for throughout my research. The working setting and expectations have been fairly totally different since constructing software program wasn’t their principal enterprise (development business). Because the crew I joined was newly established, we had the liberty to arrange our personal processes and select an appropriate 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 with the ability to relocate to or close to Austria, it was nice information to obtain a message from a former colleague (or higher, a pal), that Runtastic began hiring distant workers. 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 superb for me, too. I’m actually glad that I joined a squad which partly consists of my former Salzburg colleagues.

Tanja, Software Engineer

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 subsequently searching for a job the place I might apply the talents I acquired throughout my time at college. I discovered from a pal that Runtastic was hiring for a Knowledge Engineer at the moment. 

Though I used to be a bit skeptical about how effectively outfitted I might be for that place, I made a decision to affix Runtastic and it turned out to be an incredible match as processing sports activities knowledge of a giant person base for analytical functions is just not that totally different from processing enormous biomedical datasets. 

I actually loved working within the knowledge crew, there have been fairly a couple of new issues to study and I obtained to collaborate with a variety of gifted and passionate individuals inside and outdoors of the crew to supply the very best experiences to our customers. 

This additionally gave me the prospect 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 on daily basis.

After 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 workers 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 work at home anyhow, and came upon that it really labored out fairly effectively for me. Additionally, I missed the Runtastic tradition — the proactive, various and open-minded setting. I used to be more than pleased once I obtained the prospect to rejoin as a Backend Engineer, working remotely from my new dwelling. 

It has been a little bit of a bumpy trip since then when it comes to a always altering crew setup, as Runtastic positively stays true to its agile mindset worth, flexibly adapting to new conditions and roadmaps. Nevertheless, regardless 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, regardless of the circumstances. 

Contemplating a Change?

Everybody has their very own causes for coming again. And we welcome them as if it have been their first time round. That makes our crew spirit even stronger.

Have you ever labored or completed an internship with us previously? Or would you be concerned about being a brand new Runtastic? Try our profession web page, there could be one thing for you. We welcome everybody, and no, you don’t have to be sporty to affix the crew. 

 

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