What is Employment Ghosting?

By Kelsey Basten

Published on Dec. 17, 2018

Ever heard of “employment ghosting”? It can happen to both employers and employees. Keep reading to learn more, and don’t forget to take our survey after you’re done! We would love to hear your opinions.

Employee Ghosting

On one hand, it occurs when a job candidate or employee “ghosts,” or disappears, and severs the professional and personal relationship with the employer without notice.

You may have experienced employee ghosting if an employee has:

  • Missed work appointments without notice and never returned to the office
  • Didn’t show up to work on his/her start date
  • Stopped communicating after receiving an offer of employment
  • Never returned from vacation or leave

Employer Ghosting

On the other hand, ghosting also happens when companies cease to communicate or follow up with job seekers.

Examples of employer ghosting include:

  • Never contacting an applicant after he/she submitted a job application
  • Failing to follow up with a candidate after multiple interviews or interactions

How do you feel about employment ghosting? Is it business as usual or unprofessional? Let us know your thoughts in our survey.

This Labor Law News Blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.

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