Although the construction industry has always had some issues with workers who walk off the jobsite, the number of workplaces that are experiencing employees that quit their job unexpectedly or pull a no-show has reached an alarming percentage. As we discussed in the first and second parts of this series, “ghosting” is impacting every industry from finance to construction.
In this section, a West Palm construction lawyer will discuss some reasons construction workers ghost their employer. Remember, for any of your construction contract or employment contract needs, an experienced attorney is standing by.
The Reasons Why Ghosting in Construction Occurs
Although it’s highly unprofessional and even selfish for an employee to abandon their position without notice, there can be a wide range of factors that result in a construction worker suddenly quitting their position without any form of communication. Here are some common reasons professionals walk off the jobsite without providing any type of notice:
- Reduces Stress: although ignoring responsibilities and moving on is highly unprofessional, the employee would prefer to reduce their stress level and avoid the hassle of officially resigning.
- Avoids Conflict: similarly, many employees ghost their employer to avoid conflict or the awkward situation of quitting and disappointing their employer.
- Disgruntled: many workers who are unhappy with their current responsibilities or employer feel it’s best to just move on from their situation to “greener pastures.”
- Inexperienced: if a worker or applicant feels as if the job isn’t a good match or they lack confidence in their role, they may just flee from the situation.
- Competing Offer: the employee or applicant may have a better offer or perceived opportunity from a competitor and elect to abandon their current job.
- Feeling Alienated: construction projects rely heavily on independent contractors to fill jobs. If these workers don’t perceive much loyalty from their employer, they may move on to a new opportunity.
- Termination: some critics contend that ghosting is actually learned behavior from employers. If a worker perceives that their employer is quick to lay off workers for business reasons, they may “beat them to the punch” and move on.
- Substance Abuse: unfortunately, construction has been negatively impacted by the opioid crisis. When thousands of workers are afflicted with substance abuse problems this can result in erratic behavior, frequent absences, or sudden job abandonment.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.