Ghosting in the Workplace: It’s OK to say no..
Ghosting in the Workplace: It's OK to say no Over the past 6 months or so, we have seen a big increase in the number of strong conversations and meetings which have resulted in nothing but a string of solid silence. After looking at this more closely, we’ve realised that we are being ‘ghosted’ in the workplace, but what does this mean? Ghosting, according to The Urban Dictionary, Ghosting, means: "the shutdown/ceasing of communication with someone without notice." The Urban Dictionary also implies that Ghosting is related to a person’s level of maturity and communication skills (and not in a positive way). It’s original meaning came from the world of online dating, as the dreaded occurrence where, for whatever reason, a person cuts off all communication with another. This term and behaviour has now moved beyond the world of ‘romance’ and into the workplace. After doing some research and reading up on this more, it’s clear that Ghosting doesn’t only apply to awkward Tinder relationships but is increasingly rearing its head as an acceptable form of dealing with a professional or business situation. Is anyone else finding this approach rude and difficult to navigate? we’ve had quite a few colleagues and friends say the same thing, which made us question…
- Are people choosing not to respond because it’s just easier?
- Has the way we communicate changed so drastically that this is now acceptable?
- Are people ignoring each other because they don’t know what to say?
- Is it a business culture issue?
- Is it purely down to the individual’s character?
- Is it down to hierarchy and managerial positioning?
- Or is it a broader trend of professional laziness and courtesy not being on the agenda?