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More People Are Quitting Without Notice — Is the Tight Job Market Making Us Rude?

Stephanie Asymkos

An insidious dating practice that millennials called “ghosting” is starting to creep into the workplace. To ghost typically means to duck out of a date or relationship without explanation, or to sever all communication without warning.

The Washington Post reports that ghosting is now being done in professional settings as job candidates and existing employees are committing this disappearing act. Although hard data is lacking, companies across the country have said the no-call, no-show trend is on the rise.

Why Workers Are Ghosting Jobs

Workers aren’t necessarily ghosting out of malice or disinterest, they’re ghosting because they can. Although it’s not the most professional move, and it doesn’t extend traditional courtesies, members of the workforce feel they can eschew the common two-week notice for resignations or blow off interviews with a relatively small chance of prolonged unemployment because there’s another opportunity waiting for them. In the country’s tight labor market, job openings are in abundance and the unemployment rate has remained at its historic low of 3.7 percent since September 2018.

People Who Are Quitting: Why I’m Working to Quit a Great Job

Recruiters at the Washington, D.C., office of the global staffing firm Robert Half have noticed a “10 to 20 percent increase” in ghosting over the past year, according to The Post in its December 2018 article.

Keith Station, director of business relations at the Omaha, Neb., job placement agency Heartland Workforce Solutions told the paper that the area’s service workers who are in typically low-paying positions like baristas, servers, janitors and welders are most likely to ghost. To combat the overwhelming problem of shifts without enough employees working, area business owners have devised incentive programs connecting attendance to wage increases and additional training.

Dropping off the face of the earth and leaving an employer in the lurch might feel like an empowering act, especially in an undesirable job. However, experts warn that ghosting is a practice that leaves a trail of scorched earth in its wake. Although business owners and hiring managers are desperate for manpower, many still conduct candidate reference checks, wish to speak to former employers and ask why a candidate left their previous job. A ghoster can’t expect a glowing recommendation for their behavior, and no amount of spin will make their habit a selling point for future employers.

When It’s Right: How to Know It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Simple Two-Week Notice Letter Example

Here’s an example of a two-week notice letter that’ll let you cross the job bridge without burning it.

Dear [Manager]

My time at the company has been rewarding in many ways. I’ve learned a lot both professionally and personally, but it’s time for me to seek job opportunities elsewhere. Therefore, I am writing to inform you that my last day with the team will be two weeks from [the date of this letter].

I want to thank you for the opportunity you’ve afforded me. I know the skills I’ve honed here will benefit my future endeavors, and for that I am grateful.

Respectfully,

[Your name]

Two-week notices don’t need to be very detailed but ideally should include a positive of working at the company and possibly also the reason why you’re leaving. You never know, that two-week notice could give you leverage for negotiating your original job contract, depending on the issue. For example, if the reason you’re leaving the company is your salary, you might be able to negotiate a pay raise.

Click through to read more about the 12 signs you’re financially ready to quit your job.

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Sean Dennison contributed to the reporting for this article.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: More People Are Quitting Without Notice — Is the Tight Job Market Making Us Rude?