(News Nation) – “Ghost” has made its way into the workforce, and employers are not happy.
The concept itself is not new. In the dating world, the term “ghosting” has long been used to describe a romantic suitor who suddenly cuts off contact and communication with the other party, usually out of nowhere. But in 2019, Indeed scan It found that 83% of employers disappeared before the start date. And 69% said work-related shadows in general started two years earlier.
COVID-19 is constantly transforming the job market, and Many experts say they are the employees Who now have the upper hand in job negotiations.
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Reports show that manufacturing, restaurant, airline, and cleaning jobs are seeing a rise in job seekers accepting jobs and then disappearing before they start right away.
NewsNation’s Ashley Banfield spoke with Rob Bralow, owner of BLVD Wine Bar in New York City, who has been shadowed multiple times by potential applicants.
Bralow says 90% of the applicants he reviewed didn’t even show up for their interview.
“Having an interview isn’t really that hard. The real problem is once you do the interview, you decide to go. And if they’re not ready to do it, there’s really no next step. And it doesn’t really matter what I’m hiring for. It’s not meant for servers nor for dishwashers or chefs. It’s all down to the management. Which is great.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the rise in no-shows “could simply be an expression of job seekers’ confidence in their ability to find a job,” according to Nick Bunker, an Indeed economist.
Banfield spoke to a Generation Z panel of job seekers to learn about their vision.
“I definitely think it’s a common stereotype (laziness) given to a lot of Generation Z,” said Lilian Zhang, a recent graduate. “But I don’t think that’s true. I feel like there’s something much deeper than that. There are so many options for students, and Generation Z, to choose from, and I think when it comes to seeing all these options before them, some of them might get very confused.”
Chang also says that people her age prioritize things like mental health, a good company culture, paid time off and fair treatment.
Zane Violet, ghosted by her employer, spoke about the matter.
Violet says that, personally, she would never deceive her employer, but she can understand why her generation would.
“I think it’s, in part, having a phone constantly in front of us. That’s what we grew up with. And I think it creates a little bit of a contradiction in wanting to be confrontational and wanting to do things in person. It’s very uncomfortable, because it’s easier to be honest with the screen,” Violet said. Between the two of you, instead of being right in front of someone else.”
It may sound like neglect, laziness, or lack of interest, but clinical psychologist Dr. John Duffy says that young people are simply more aware of their needs in the workplace.
“The pandemic has only made it worse, as they realize, ‘Oh, we don’t have to work the number of hours our parents did in their early jobs in order to be efficient,'” Dr. Duffy said in Banfield.
Duffy also said that there is a more prevalent anxiety among young people that must be overcome “in order to simply put them where they are learning how competent and resilient they really are.”
It’s no surprise therapist Darby Fox says mental health awareness is high among young adults when it comes to the priority.
“We’ve created an environment where it’s okay for me to say I have anxiety, or I might get depressed. So I think that’s a really important finding, if you will, the COVID result, and it’s a positive result,” Fox said.
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Is Generation Z Ready for a Recession? An all-star panel of career experts also joined NewsNation’s “Banfield” to provide insight.
“I think there is a kind of confidence that job seekers have with a ‘kid in the candy store,’ and they don’t always make good decisions,” said Julie Bock, senior career strategist at Bock Group.
There may be plenty of options for job seekers in this market, says Paul MacDonald, CEO of Robert Half.
Employment gains were Remarkably consistent Facing the worst inflation in four decades, employers added at least 400,000 jobs for 12 consecutive months.
MacDonald also said that not only is Generation Z behaving this way either. It passes through all generations.
“So with all these openings, trust is very high. And they make choices right away to try to find a job and get a job. They are all motivated without doing enough research, without looking for connections, if it is culturally appropriate for them. And you know, looking at the job description, Am I really suitable?”