This Might Be the Worst Way to Quit Your Job

It's the rare employee who's never dreamed up an elaborate, theatrical scenario for quitting a job. Maybe you've considered sending out a mass email or making a grand exit from the office somehow. As satisfying as these might be to imagine, most of us would never follow through in real life. They're not the worst way to leave your job, though — though it turns out, more of us are doing just that.

You've heard of ghosting on a date, but according to a story shared on LinkedIn over the weekend, ghosting employers has become common enough to merit discussion. Those who have been trying to break into the workforce over the past decade might find the practice stunning, but recruiters report that new hires may simply not show up to work or answer attempts to reach them, even after accepting the position.

If you love schadenfreude, you may be enjoying yourself, knowing how much trouble this causes hiring managers and companies. Job candidates are all too familiar with sinking time, effort, and emotional investment into an application process, only to never hear from an opportunity again. But ultimately, your industry is a smaller town than you think. Anyone who gets a reputation for unprofessional behavior will have a hard time shaking it through their career.

Some believe ghosting an employer is down to embarrassment. If you don't know how to gracefully turn down a job offer, it's better to risk an awkward email than to simply disappear. "I appreciate the opportunity, but I've accepted a position somewhere else," plus a thank you, will get you a lot farther in the end.