What is your policy/procedure if you have an employee that leaves your business for the summer and wants to come back in the fall when school starts up again. This is based upon the employee leaving on good terms?
Good baristas are hard to come by. I would build loyalty in them by allowing them to come back, that is, if you have room. Plus, your customers, hopefully, would be glad to have them back, and that's what counts.
For me, it depends on why they left. It's obvious that they are not long term employees, they've already proved that to you once. I've had staff leave for a "substantially higher paying offer" only to come back in a few weeks begging for a job, "this was the best job I ever had & I blew it". I can't do it as I know it will only happen again if another 'great' offer comes along. Good luck
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