Gen Z is accepting, then ‘ghosting,’ jobs: study – New York Post


HR is spooked.

The rude online trend of “ghosting” has worked its way into the job market, with America’s “Gen Z” workforce failing to commit to accepted job offers in record numbers, according to a new study of 1,202 US managers and employees.

Researchers from the recruitment firm Randstad found that 43 percent of employees 22 or younger reported accepting jobs — but then never showing up for work, CNBC reports.

These entitled young people are shucking off potential employers like bad dates without so much as an “I’m sorry” or even an “it’s not you, it’s me.”

For millennials (ages 23-38) and Gen X (39-54), the numbers were significantly lower, with 26 percent reporting flaking on would-be employers. Only 13 percent of Baby Boomers (55-74) admitted to being thoughtless no shows.

While it’s not uncommon for employers to ghost applicants, the tables have clearly turned. Researchers suggest the problem is significantly due to low unemployment levels compounded by the culture of the current internet age.

“People treat their job search like they would dating,” Dan Shawbel, author of the upcoming book “Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation” (Da Capo Press), told The Post in July 2018. “They want instant gratification. They are always looking for the next best thing. The candidate has more leverage in the process now.”

At least Americans don’t seem to be “cloaking” employers — yet.



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