More Workers are Ghosting Their Jobs

Ending a relationship by disappearing without a word is ghosting, and now more people are doing the same thing with their jobs. Instead of giving two weeks notice — or any notice at all — they just stop showing up to work without a text, email or call, and don’t respond when their employers try to reach them. Employees of any age can ghost, but it happens more often with younger workers, who rely more on texts and chats to communicate and are less experienced and comfortable with tough conversations. Jodi Chavez, president of recruiting firm Randstad Professionals, told AP that the low unemployment rate also makes workers feel more empowered to just leave if they’re unhappy because they think it won’t be hard to find another job. Chavez also said that the work ghosting follows a trend of people not showing up at job interviews that began when companies began hiring again after the Great Recession. She said some people didn’t like how hiring managers during the recession wouldn’t respond to resumes, emails and calls, and so now are acting the same way in return