A shocking 96% of workers have experienced Imposter Syndrome within the workplace, according to new data from Roar! Training. The study – which polled 202 workers in UK to provide insights into confidence levels within the workplace – revealed that just four per cent of workers felt confident in their working lives.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome (also known as imposter phenomenon, impostorism or fraud syndrome) is a psychological pattern whereby an individual doubts their capabilities and squashes their accomplishments because they don’t feel worthy of praise.

And it seems that Imposter Syndrome is having a drastic effect on how workers interact with their careers and the opportunities that they take. For example, over 50% of respondents admitted that they had turned down work opportunities due to lack of confidence – this is up from 38% in a previous Roar! Training study.

Are employers at fault?

The growing issue may well be getting worse due to an alleged lack of support from employers; just 49% of respondents reported feeling ‘fully supported’ by their employer; 46% feel supported ‘sometimes’ and five per cent don’t feel supported at all.

It also seems that poor culture and questionable employer ethics may well have contributed to the widespread feeling of Imposter Syndrome. For example, 86% of respondents reported having worked in a toxic work environment in the past whilst 58% said their expectation of the company culture didn’t match the reality. And, as a result, work-life balance suffered for many. 37% said they were expected to work out of hours on a regular basis.

Career Coach Kirsty Hulse, said: “The problem with Impostor Syndrome is that, by its very labelling, it feels somehow irrational or unique. “If 96% of us report experiencing it, it becomes more helpful for us to simply accept it as part of human experience, crucial for our growth,” she added.

How to combat Imposter Syndrome

According to wellbeing and career experts at CABA, here are five tips to help overcome this lack of confidence:

Admit it – The experts recommend acknowledging these traits within yourself and trying to accept them for what they are. Accepting these feelings is the first step towards overcoming them.

Track it – Monitoring when you experience these feelings of self-doubt – as well as the details of it – will help you exercise some form of control over it.

Open up – Sharing your feelings with others may help you feel reassured and realise that your fears of inadequacy are illogical.

Nobody’s perfect – Experts have found that those affected by Imposter Syndrome have perfectionist tendencies, so individuals are encouraged to remind themselves that nobody is perfect. Making a list of strengths and achieve ments could be a good way to bolster this thought process.

Take a bow – Instead of willingly taking the blame for when things go wrong, try to let yourself take credit when things go right. Remember to give yourself credit when credit is due.

Article published by HR Grapevine

Publié le 26 mai 2021