Signs of A Tight Labor Market

The job market is so hot right now that workers are 'ghosting' employers without even saying goodbye

By: Mark Abadi 

 

A notorious millennial dating practice is starting to creep into the workplace: ghosting.

 

According to The Washington Post's Danielle Paquette, employers are increasingly noticing that workers are leaving their jobs by simply not showing up and cutting off contact with their companies.

 

"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 said in a report this month cited by The Post.

 

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According to The Post, experts are blaming the uptick in workplace ghosting on the US labor market. Unemployment is at its lowest point in decades, and there are more job openings than there are people looking for jobs, emboldening workers to skip the awkward conversations with their bosses and move on to other opportunities.

 

"Why hassle with a boss and a bunch of out-processing when literally everyone has been hiring?" Michael Hicks, a labor economist, told The Post.

 

Predictably, experts on workplace etiquette frown upon ghosting your employers, as well as any other mean-spirited method of resigning. It's a surefire way to burn bridges and tank your reputation not just with your higher-ups, but most likely any coworkers you planned on keeping in touch with.

 

"Even colleagues who don't have a stake in it are going to see that and think, 'Wow, that's really unprofessional — that person is so immature,'" Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a career coach with SixFigureStart, told Business Insider's Áine Cain last year.

 

When people quit their jobs without notice, it's often a symptom of a bad communication between management and employees, said Caleb Papineau, an executive at the employee-survey firm Tinypulse.

 

"Quitting a job abruptly is neither good for the employee nor the employer," Papineau told Business Insider in 2016. "Employees that feel unheard and underappreciated at times can feel as if they have no choice but to leave abruptly."

 

Instead, he recommended finding time to talk to a manager rather than make a hasty, emotional decision.

 

"Have a plan, be professional, and don't burn bridges unless you have to," he said.

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