What if you’re guilty of ghosting? Guess what? Research shows that personally or professionally, most of us have been one at some point or another guilty of ghosting and have been ghosted.
Ghosting happens to individuals during different situations like hiring, onboarding, and networking. Ghosting also happens to employers where employees quit without warning or do not attend their first day of work.
Have you ever wondered why people ghost? It’s often because they want to avoid conflict or uncomfortable situations. However, it’s important to remember that ghosting is disrespectful, can hurt others, and damage our reputation. To handle tough conversations, effective communication is key. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Use clear and direct language, avoiding vague statements.
2. Take the time to listen carefully to the other person’s perspective and try to understand where they’re coming from.
3. Stay calm and avoid getting defensive or angry.
4. Share your feelings using I statements.
5. Before moving on, summarize and clarify what was discussed.
Although difficult conversations can be challenging, these tips can help us communicate well and hopefully find a solution. So, let’s embrace the awkwardness and find a way to communicate even when the news is tough to deliver!