'7-month-itch' for UK employees

28-02-2007

 '7-month-itch' for UK employees
Workers in the UK are hopping from new jobs after only seven months, according to research published this week.

In a poll by Office Angels, 1,400 workers were questioned about previous employment and why they made the decision to either continue working or to quit - and 78 per cent concurred that with any new job the seven-month mark is often the point of deliberation.

Moreover, 54 per cent of respondents claim that their dissatisfaction is rooted in the job being "oversold" at the time of interview, while a further 34 per cent suggest that they begin to get itchy feet after six months because the reality of the job becomes more apparent.

David Clubb, managing director of Office Angels, said: "It is inevitable people will want to grow through new experiences and working cultures after some time with a company, and in many instances this should be encouraged.

"However, too many people leaving after just seven months causes staff 'churn', which is detrimental to the bottom line and the general morale of a business.

"Our experience suggests that by simply opening the lines of communication between employer and employee from day one, most of the dissatisfactions highlighted from the study could be diluted".

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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