According to Economists workers are acting like millennials on Tinder: They’re ditching jobs via 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?”
Recruiters at global staffing firm Robert Half have noticed a “ten to twenty percent increase” in ghosting over the past year, D.C. district president Josh Howarth said.
Applicants blow off interviews. New hires turn into no-shows. Workers leave one evening and never return.
“You feel like someone has a high level of interest only for them to just disappear,” Howarth said.
Over the summer, woes he heard from clients emerged in his own life. A job candidate for a recruiter role asked for a day to mull over an offer, saying she wanted to discuss the terms with her spouse.
Then she halted communication.
“In fairness,” Howarth said, “there are some folks who might have so many opportunities they’re considering they honestly forget.” Read more…