Much attention is being given to the increasing number of employees who are quitting their jobs without providing their employers with notice. Also referred to as “ghosting,” recruiters are experiencing a similar trend among candidates who have failed to show up for job interviews or the first day of employment, without so much as a phone call.
Many blame the recent increase in ghosting on the strength of the labor market, with the unemployment rate dropping to a 49-year low at 3.7 percent in September and remaining the same in October and November. With the number of job openings far surpassing the number of job seekers, employees and candidates feel a sense of empowerment as the scales tip in their favor. But aside from the numbers and statistics, what is the motivation behind their actions, and what are the consequences?
Adjusting To The Power Shift Of A Candidate’s Market
The influx of new job openings has not only given employees and job seekers a number of options they haven’t had in decades, but it has also empowered them to demand better treatment from employers and recruiters. Why settle for a toxic work environment or deal with a nonresponsive recruiter when there are so many other employers that need to fill similar positions? A colleague recently wrote of the retaliation many employees experience or fear from management after providing their two weeks’ notice of resignation. Rather than deal with unwarranted retribution from a vindictive boss for simply trying to do the right thing, many employees have chosen to just walk away.
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