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Many managers move on after 2 years, says KRI

Research has shown that the 'honeymoon' phase in employment for top performers - for example, those in managerial positions - is about two years, at which point many of the business world's movers and shakers want to 'scratch the itch' and move on to pastures anew.

Conducted by the Kenexa Research Institute (KRI), the study showed a downward trend in employee engagement levels - i.e. the degree of enthusiasm felt for the position - two years into the job.

The KRI looked at the engagement of 840,000 managers in the US and Britain last year and found that 57 per cent were disengaged by the two-year point.

Dr Suzanne Edinger, a lecturer in organisational behaviour at Nottingham University Business School, says that there can be a number of reasons for wanting to scratch this itch. Such factors include frustration at not being recognised or rewarded, apathy due to the lack of a tangible future career path or negative feelings towards the employee due to poor HR departments or unjust working hours.

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Posted by Nikki BarristerADNFCR-1617-ID-801532511-ADNFCR

31/01/2013