In tight labor market, business gets a taste of ghosting

Apparently, we are supposed to feel sympathy for the businesses that are making job offers to potential employees, only to hear nothing in return.

No, thank you.

CNBC reports on a survey showing two-thirds of the business managers surveyed have experienced giving an initial job offer to a candidate and then had the potential employee either reject it or disappear entirely ahead of their start date.

How do you like it, business?

Getting ghosted in a job search has been the new normal for more than a decade. Candidates don’t even get rejection letters anymore; business can’t be bothered.

Now the shoe is on the other foot, says CNBC.

“We are seeing this behavior in workers of all ages, not just younger ones,” said Jim Link, chief human resources officer for Randstad North America, which conducted the survey. “Technology is changing the nature of employment rapidly, which means workers across many generations are abandoning traditional career paths and expectations about what it means to be an employee. That includes their behavior around accepting jobs.”

“This ‘ghosting’ by Gen Zs feels like predictable behavior for somebody who is young and most likely does not have responsibilities of family, mortgage, or other financial commitments. While a millennial, X, or boomer might want to pass on a job, they are more incentivized to take it,” Molly Logan, co-founder of Gen Z-led think tank Irregular Labs told CNBC Make It.

“If (Gen Z) accept a job and a better opportunity presents itself (job or otherwise), they will drop you, no question about it,” she continued.

Nothing personal; it’s just business.