Some people in the workforce are engaging in what has begun to be called, “Ghosting”. One person left at lunch. Another made up a story about a car accident. These are some examples of ghosting, or disappearing, from work. The phenomenon is increasingly common as U.S. unemployment rates near historic lows. While recruiters and employers have their theories on why people ghost, the actual reasons may be more complicated. Some of the behavior may stem not from malice, but inexperience.
Among younger generations, ghosting has “almost become a new vocabulary” in which “no response is actually a response,” says Amanda Bradford, CEO and founder of The League, a dating app. Now, “that same behavior is happening in the job market,” says Bradford, who’s experienced it with engineering candidates who ghosted her company.