Have You Experienced Employee Ghosting?

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More common with the online dating scene, a recent trend across multiple industries is the rise of employers experiencing ghosting by potential candidates or current employees. But what is ghosting and what has caused its rise?

What is Ghosting?

Ghosting is the act of attempting to actively ignore someone or cut off all forms of contact and turning silent. Up until recently, ghosting has been an issue in the dating and relationships world, but employers have begun to see the practice affect the business world too. Some examples can include:

  • A potential job candidate agreeing to an interview and never showing up
  • A recruit agreeing to work for a company but then not appearing for their first or following days of work
  • An employee remaining absent from work with no explanation being provided
  • An employee who blocks all contact from their employer and attempts to leave the company without a formal resignation

The new practice shown by ‘ghosts’ can result in prolonged hiring practices, an unnecessary overhaul of current business practices and further stresses on current workforces, due to the added pressure of their sudden absence.

What is Causing Employee Ghosting?

There are several factors that could be causing employee ghosting. The first, is the current climate of employment. As the years have progressed, the unemployment rate across several areas of the world has dropped. Due to this meaning that open jobs have now overtaken unemployed persons, it might mean that workers are now able to manipulate this to their advantage. This means that anyone who is unhappy or unsatisfied with their current employment can move on and find something new easier than ever.

The more ironic factor that should be taken into consideration, is that employees are treating employers as they have been treated themselves. Those workers that have previously experienced ghosting by employers (something which is regularly documented by those seeking employment) are now getting their own back on companies and trying to make them understand some of the frustrations they once had to face.

Have you experienced ghosting by a potential employer? Or have you purposefully ghosted an employer you were due to start a job with?

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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