Ghosting Has Progressed Into The Work Place

Interesting article on dating and now in the work place; Ghosting. This has happened on occasion during our 20 plus years of recruiting. For us it is more about a “non” start; someone is offered a job, they sign the contract and on the start date…they don’t show up. Flurry of activity; angry calls, frantic emails, calls again are exchanged and we move forward looking for another solid candidate for the position.

But what happens to your reputation? Some candidates don’t care, some think they will get lost in the vast expanse of the U.S. or the world and no one will be the wiser.
The day they are on the market again, recruiters and even the employer they ghosted, will not touch them. Why? Their word and commitment is not to be trusted.

Yes you do need to look out for yourself but ghosting is not the way to do it. Private Service is a very, very, very small world and your reputation is important. This will tarnish it. The best you can do is to call the employer and call your recruiter and tell them that you have to turn down the offer. No one will be happy, but you will save your reputation. Don’t forget, there is also the opportunity at that point to negotiate ~ you never know what either employer might come up with to keep you.

Bottom line, be fair and be honest.

Here is a little thing you can do to visualize reverse ghosting:

~just imagine that you quit a job to take a new one, closed down your desk, took your office belongings home, bought a new car for your new commute and on your start date you go to your job site and report in and find that someone else is in your seat…YOU have been ghosted!

Article by Lila MacLellan for Quartz at Work – Lila is writing about people just leaving their job – on the job – without notice or saying anything to anyone…..

“Ghosting at work is now big enough that it caught the Fed’s attention”

The new Beige Book from the Federal Reserve Bank contains some millennial slang to describe a rising trend in the workplace: ghosting.

The mention in the Fed publication, more formally known as the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District, also comes with a helpful definition: ”A number of contacts said that they had been ‘ghosted,’ a situation in which a worker stops coming to work without notice and then is impossible to contact,” the summary of conditions in Chicago notes.

Until recently, ghosting was almost exclusively used to refer to one person disappearing from a romantic relationship, whether in an online app or after a few face-to-face dates. The idea is that by disappearing, both parties are spared the awkward conversation about at least one half’s lack of interest. It’s often seen as no big deal, and not considered terribly rude unless the couple has spent a substantial amount of time with each other.

Read at source:

https://qz.com/work/1493561/ghosting-at-work-is-now-big-enough-to-catch-the-feds-attention/