Ghosting is a concept that it took me a while to wrap my brain around. (It's been a long time since I was in the dating world!)
But I get it. Someone shows an interest and then just disappears.
Now that concept is showing up in the workplace. Candidates schedule interviews and don't show, nor can you contact them. Or you hire the perfect person, and they don't show up on the first day of work, never to be heard from again.
Sometimes, workers just leave for lunch and don't return.
What's going on?
Part of the problem? There are more jobs right now than qualified candidates, so workers may be holding several offers.
Another part of the problem? We've lost the art of communicating. We don't want to disappoint or anger someone, so we just go away and forget about it, and assume they will too. And some say it's what HR has been doing to candidates for years, and now it's their turn.
May I offer a bit of advice? It's a small world, connected in so many ways (social media, LinkedIn, etc).
Your ghosting may come back to haunt you, when there's a job you really want.
Pssshhhh, I was ghosting jobs before we knew we were called millennials. Sorry, Victoria's Secret and Cash Box.— Angie Parker (@angita_parked) June 26, 2018
The big trend now is ghosting your job. Ppl are just going out for lunch and never coming back. It happened twice at my work over the last month.— TheWalkingSpirit (@coimbrapaul) June 26, 2018
“The employers have been far worse about this than any of the job seekers.” https://t.co/HgsBsjJtdx— Mrs Smith (@hauspa) June 26, 2018
The only ghosting I’m going to do to a job is a routine haunting from 9-5.— Chris (@the_ceejay) June 26, 2018
As 1 of 2 dangerous cultural norms (the other is public #shaming instead of formal justice), #ghosting is here to stay.— Alex Hibbert (@alexhibbert) June 26, 2018
1. Kickback by job candidates against previously arrogant HR depts?
2. Rudeness that, for now, people online get away with?https://t.co/BTdoOXtUpX pic.twitter.com/KlAR1fSYwr