Professional ghosting is when, after some level of communication, your contact suddenly goes dark. They become completely unresponsive to all forms of outreach without explanation. It leaves the ghosted party feeling confused, disappointed and sometimes angry. Whether a result of the trend toward virtual meetings or impersonal messaging apps, ghosting has become a widespread issue in the business world.
Ghosters may be following the pleasure principle, which is the instinctual seeking of pleasure and avoidance of pain. They abandon all forms of communication whenever they feel discomfort. These are some of the reasons ghosters ghost:
It feels lousy to be ghosted, and it may be tempting to retaliate, but it’s best to stay professional. Burning bridges is never the right strategy. Here are some ways to proactively mitigate the risk of being ghosted:
Ghosting has become commonplace; that makes it ok, right? NO. It’s rude, disrespectful and passive-aggressive. It’s ok if you want to cancel a meeting, choose a different vendor, decide against a proposal or decline an invitation. Use your manners, treat people with respect, be courteous and tell them!
It’s hard to believe this is a relevant topic for business professionals. How do you feel about it?
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