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Thu Dec 13, 2018, 11:17 AM

Workers are ghosting their employers like bad dates

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/12/12/workers-are-ghosting-their-employers-like-bad-dates/?utm_term=.131ff4355c47



Economists report that workers are starting to act like millennials on Tinder: They’re ditching jobs with nary a text.

“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 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago noted in December’s Beige Book, which tracks employment trends.

National data on economic “ghosting” is lacking. The term, which usually applies to dating, first surfaced in 2016 on Dictionary.com. But companies across the country say silent exits are on the rise.

Analysts blame America’s increasingly tight labor market. Job openings have surpassed the number of seekers for eight straight months, and the unemployment rate has clung to a 49-year low of 3.7 percent since September.

Janitors, baristas, welders, accountants, engineers — they’re all in demand, said Michael Hicks, a labor economist at Ball State University in Indiana. More people may opt to skip tough conversations and slide right into the next thing.

“Why hassle with a boss and a bunch of out-processing,” he said, “when literally everyone has been hiring?”


I put in the standard 2 weeks notice and scheduled a nice week-long vacation before I started my current job last month. The managers didn't want an exit interview or ask any questions about why I was leaving. I was ready to give them an earful but they apparently saw it coming and didn't want it.

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IronLionZion Dec 2018 OP
Jokerman Dec 2018 #1
Thomas Hurt Dec 2018 #2
jayfish Dec 2018 #5
crazycatlady Dec 2018 #3
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2018 #4
Zing Zing Zingbah Dec 2018 #6
jayfish Dec 2018 #7

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 11:50 AM

1. Maybe more prevalent, but not new.

I was a retail manager in the late 80s and early 90s. Nearly all of the exit paperwork I filled out was for "job abandonment", no show, no call.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:12 PM

2. I don't have much sympathy for the business world on this...

particularly large companies. They talk up loyalty and all but often efficiently and with little tact, dump employees for financial reasons.

Not sure why they should expect employees who get a better gig to follow the etiquette to the letter.

Makes sense even if it is not polite.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:27 PM

5. Following Etiquette to the Letter...

(2 week notice)will often get you an immediate escort off the property. With the growing prevalence of at will employment and "right to work"; employees owe employers nothing and politeness is for fools.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:14 PM

3. many ghost before their first day

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:19 PM

4. Happened where I worked recently.

Our assistant just stopped coming in. Happened when the boss was out of town.

Thing was, we were fairly happy with her and she seemed happy with us. We still have no idea what brought it on.

Now we're scrambling to hire a new person and I've been picking up her tasks.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:28 PM

6. Ghosting is the worst

At least respond and say you aren't interested in the job or date or whatever. It's so rude.

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:32 PM

7. I think I'm going to cry.

/s

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