Is it Illegal to Ghost Your Job?
The practice of ghosting your job is on the rise. It involves suddenly ending contact and communication with your employer without formally resigning, leaving them without a clear explanation as to why you have left. But is it a legal practice?
What the Law Says
Generally, ghosting your job is considered to be an illegal practice. In most work contracts, it is likely that an employee will be given notice requirements when they resign. Failing to give this notice and abruptly leaving your job without explanation can be seen as a breach of contract.
Consequences of Ghosting Your Job
Ghosting your job may have serious legal and reputational consequences. If your employer decides to take the case to court, they could sue you for any damages they may have suffered due to your departure. In some cases, you may also be required to pay back any wages or benefits you earned during your tenure of employment.
Additionally, ghosting can have a negative effect on your future job prospects. Many employers are now conducting ‘back checks’ on job applicants, where they look into their past experiences to determine if they have ever ‘ghosted’ a job.
Finding a Legal Alternative
Whilst it is not advisable to ghost your job, there are alternative routes to take. It’s important to remember that your employer is not an enemy and that you can negotiate a mutually beneficial solution.
If you are unable to give the standard notice period agreed upon in your contract, discuss this with your employer to see if they are willing to accept less notice. If not, you may be able to come to an agreement that is agreeable to both parties.
If all else fails, refer to the national statutory requirements for notice period as a minimum requirement which must be given in order to resign legally.
Ghosting your job is an illegal practice and can have serious repercussions. It is important to remember that employers are not an enemy and that you can negotiate an alternative exit plan. If all else fails, refer to the statutory requirements for notice periods before you decide to leave.