Ghosted: The Dating Trend That Invaded The Workplace

by | Dec 27, 2018

Ghosted: The Dating Trend That Invaded The WorkplaceBeing ghosted by a potential love interest is frustrating, and now the trend has found its way to the workplace.

Until recently the term “ghosting” was almost exclusively for dating and refers to a person disappearing from your life completely after a few face-to-face dates. The idea is that by just going away both parties are spared the “I’m just not into you” conversation.

But now the term has appeared in the beige book from The Federal Reserve Bank. The book, formally known as the summary of commentary on current economic conditions, says ghosting in the workplace is when someone stops coming to work without notice and then is impossible to contact.

To produce the book Fed economists collect and summarize notes from the country’s regional federal reserve banks. And while ghosting is turning up nationwide, the most common occurrences are happening in Chicago.

The book says ghosting can happen at any time; after a job interview, after hiring someone, even after a few weeks on the job.

You might avoid an awkward conversation, but it’s going to be hard to get a good reference.

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