Engineers Admit to ‘Ghosting’ – They Just Stop Showing Up to Work


Industry Workers Admit Quitting Their Job by Never Turning up Again

A concerning new trend sees UK engineers failing to show up to work instead of handing in their formal notice. Often used in reference to a romantic relationship, ‘ghosting’ refers to being dumped through a sudden cut-off of all communication. Surprising research from CV-Library reveals 4.5% of engineers have ghosted their employer, citing the top reasons as:

1. Being mistreated by management

2. Finding better job prospects with immediate start-dates

3. Constantly facing unrealistic workloads

4. Lack of flexibility in work schedules

When trying to uncover the source of the ghosting trend in the working world, it appears to be most prolific during the recruitment process, with over half (54.5%) of UK engineers having been ghosted by an employer during the interview process. Yet only 12% of industry professionals admit that they have ghosted a recruiter, showing recruiters and employers are most guilty of ceasing communication. The data suggest that workers feel they’re the ones who have been ghosted in the past, so they’re not afraid to turn the tables.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “The recruitment process is tedious for both job hunters and employers, but that’s no excuse for either party to simply ignore the other. Now that the trend has made its way into the workplace, it’s critical that businesses correct this behaviour. If a candidate is constantly ignored by employers, a signal is being sent to workers that the behaviour is acceptable. Engineering businesses ought to be extremely cautious moving forward; the job market is flourishing which means there are plenty of opportunities available for workers to jump ship if they want to. It’s clear that two-way communication is more important now than ever before, as many of the reasons behind a worker ghosting their job are issues that could be resolved through support from management.”

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