Finding a job or new employment isn’t easy. Not even when you have a job already. It’s a full-time job in and of itself. I mean, the whole process is tedious and tiresome.
It goes like this: fill out an application. Get a call for an interview. Go to the interview. Put in 2 weeks notice at your current job. Get hired at the new job. Then…. disappear?
No, that can’t be right. Are people really out here ghosting workplaces? Please tell me that’s not what’s really going on b/c that’s hella dumb and childish. Story here.
Ditching jobs, interviews, and dodging calls seem to be on the rise, according to Economists.
They report that millennial employees are ghosting employers like they ghost dates b/c it’s easier. The employees don’t show up to interviews. They don’t show up to work after the first day. They can’t be reached after the fact.
According to the article, “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.”
Since there are so many job openings and so many fields that are in demand, millennials are acting in ways that say they aren’t available and can’t be bothered. According to the article, “Why hassle with a boss and a bunch of out-processing,” he said, “when literally everyone has been hiring?”
China has had this problem as well and usually offers the job to two of their candidates to ensure that one will show. If they both happen to stay around, then they both get the job. The U.S. hasn’t needed this strategy yet, but employers are encouraged to build rapport at every hiring stage to combat this issue.
The article states, “Employees leave jobs that suck,” they said in an email. “Jobs where they’re abused. Jobs where they don’t care about the work. And the less engaged they are, the less need they feel to give their bosses any warning.”
“Ghosters” are reported as saying things like, “There’s high turnover,” “There’s more work around the corner,” or “It doesn’t really matter, not that big of a deal.”
A Rant in my Spirit:
Keep in mind, I once ghosted Blockbuster back in my freshman college days. Yes, Blockbuster Video and this is before “ghosting” had a name or was a thing.
I worked for Blockbuster Video for 2 days, which resulted in back pain so bad I felt like I had been doing Billy Banks kickboxing moves all day. I mean, I couldn’t move the next day.
So, I didn’t return once I got better except to pick up my $36 check b/c broke college student. 🙂
I get it. These “millennials” are young, smart, talented, and energetic. Who wouldn’t hire you, right?
While it’s true that some positions have a high turnover rate or there’s more work around the corner, that won’t always be the case.
There will come a time where jobs aren’t as plentiful as they are now. It happens sometimes. Just keep in mind the way you treat employers will come back to you.
A Word of Advice:
I really think this is a respect thing.
Have the same respect for the employer’s time just like you would want the employer to have respect for your time.
It’s the mature thing to do. It’s what being an adult is about.
If you want more time to think about a position, say that. If you don’t want the position, say that, so that it can be passed to someone else. Just be upfront about your intentions.
In all honesty, people never know if they will see that same hiring person again later in life. Whether in a different job, city, state, or country.
What if that hiring person remembered all your antics and immaturity from the last time they dealt with you?
What comes around, goes around. Sound familiar?
Burning bridges ain’t cute. Just sayin’.