How common is ghosting - ie employee disappearing after taking an offer letter or not showing up at work on day one?
From India, Bangalore

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Dear Vaatsalya,

Not reporting for the duties on a specified day after taking the offer letter is called a "No Show" by the candidate. This has been happening for the last 15-20 years and nothing new about it.

During my training programmes, occasionally this matter is discussed. To tide over this challenge, some of the participants have shared the practices followed in their company. These are as below:

a) Not mentioning the salary break up in the "Offer Letter".

b) Issuing the offer letter on a bond paper and including a clause on penalties for not taking employment.

c) Telling the candidate to deposit the academic certificates while issuing the offer letter. Give a proper acknowledgement for receipt of the academic certificates. Return the certificates once the candidate joins.

d) Telling the candidate to deposit two or three times the gross salary of the candidate. The amount is refunded with interest after three months since the employment. A proper legal agreement is required to design these terms.

Disclaimer: - I have just shared the practices that my participants disclosed with me. That does not purport that I subscribe to these practices.

Thanks,

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Vaatsalya - this question is very subjective and a unanimous action/ suggestions may not be decided/ elicited on a public platform like this. It is a known concern and will always be.

We as HR professionals may not want to suggest/ introduce any form of unhealthy practices to attract, retain or release a person from employment - it is completely unprofessional.

Please discuss and close this matter internally and ponder over why a candidate may not want to join you/ what you could have done differently to attract talent - I think it is extremely subjective and specific to the job.

Thank you.

From India, Delhi
Hello Everyone,
I hope you all are doing well.
Can anyone guide me through this situation, wherein candidates accept the offer letters, acknowledge and send the acceptance of offer and then after few days reject the offer, what can be done in such a situation. Also, can we make some changes in the offer letter so that the candidates do not do so.

From India, Pune
I searched using Google and there does not seem to be any survey done on the topic of not showing up for the job after receiving a job offer.
From United Kingdom
Its a very common practice of candidates, there is nothing new in this approach. As an HR professional, obviously it feels bad when the candidates don't join after accepting the offer letter but on the other hand, its better not to run behind such candidates, let them leave. Such candidates will never fit into your work culture, will not show interest in performing the duties or working little extra. At least your time and efforts on onboarding such candidates will save. Trust is important between the recruiter and the candidates, the gap between offering the job and joining the job is filled with TRUST, if trust is not there nothing will workout in the future as well.
From India, Pune

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