HR professionals beware! Research has identified that new recruits could be suffering from a worrying affliction – a ‘seven month itch’. According to a survey of 1,400 UK employees, almost eight in 10 (78%) said that the ‘seven month itch’ was a crucial milestone in any job, whilst 54% of ‘disheartened’ respondents believed their employer ‘oversold’ their job to encourage them to take it. “The results underline the importance of good communication in the workplace,” says Jenny Cahill, Chapple Internal Communications and Employee Engagement Consultant. “Dissatisfaction experienced by new recruits can be avoided or addressed simply by opening the lines of communication between employers and employees.” The good news is that Chapple candidates seem to be immune from this modern-day malady. Not only are 99% of candidates Chapple puts up to clients interviewed by them, but 98% of those who secure the job are still with those companies after 2 years.