Cindy Conn

Instructor of Business Communications Cindy Conn can discuss why "ghosting" is not appropriate at Halloween or any other time — professional ghosting, at least.

"'Ghosting' is a popular verb for someone disappearing from a relationship. Just like a ghost in the movies, a person is here and then gone. Professionally, 'ghosting' happens when a person stops returning calls, texts, or emails without notice or explanation," said Conn.

So what's the alternative?

"Instead of ghosting, communicate responsibly. If you want to end or change a professional relationship, address the situation directly and tactfully. Tell a prospective employee that you've hired someone else. Tell a colleague that you have to focus on your new promotion and not your friendship. People might not always appreciate what you're telling them, but they will respect your willingness to address the situation," Conn said.

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