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Half of us feel inadequate at our jobs, research shows

Imposter syndrome is at large (Picture: Getty)

The last two years have put us in a state of uncertainty.

First, the pandemic (which isn’t over yet), and now with the financial landscape, it’s clear Britons are up against.

With all this flux and insecurity, it makes sense that people are now feeling this way about their jobs, too.

Recent research by Pip Desks, a business tool, shows 51% of those surveyed find that going to events like conferences makes them feel inadequate at their own job, when surrounded by other experts in their field.

Nearly a quarter of people regularly have ‘imposter syndrome’ at work, while 16% constantly feel self-doubt and worry about incompetence.

More than half believe their experience of imposter syndrome is caused by self-inflicted pressure to succeed.

In total, 43% of men say their thoughts of failure are a result of how they’re treated by bosses and colleagues.

For women, workload was the main source of anxiety, as 37% believe they’re stretched too thin.

Research also found that 43% of those surveyed are looking to take on activities outside of work to enhance their skills, such as classes or training.

Whether this is to plug the insecurity gap or a sign of general up-skilling, people have been working on side projects such as book writing and vlogging.


How to boost confidence at work:

  • Make a list of past successes to remind yourself of your achievements at work.
  • Identify your work confidence-crisis triggers and see if you can remove them from your day.
  • Build self-compassion as though it’s a muscle.
  • Take a break as this can reboot your confidence – sometimes all you need is some space and rest.
  • Ask yourself if actually it’s your workplace making you miserable, and seriously assess if this is the role for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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