Training needed to boost employee confidence, says survey

by L&D15 Apr 2016
L&D Professional has previously spoken to one expert about “imposter syndrome”, which involves employees worrying about being not as smart as people think they are.
 
This seems to be alive and well in the workforce with four in ten employees fearing they will be exposed for not being good at aspects of their job, according to a new poll.
 
In fact, 75% of employees admitted they were 'lucky' to land the job they have and half of the respondents said they felt they 'chanced their luck' on aspects of the job.
 
A further 40% of respondents said they were using business 'buzz words' despite having no idea what they meant.

The survey was commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians in the UK, and also found that six out of ten workers expressed a desire for more on the job training to be made available.
 
Indeed, Mark Farrar, Chief Executive for AAT, said the best way to boost your confidence and stop worrying about whether you are 'out of your depth' at work is to get some training.
 
“Studying for a qualification or training course will give you a strong foundation of knowledge, and could help put an end to feeling like you will be 'found out',” he said.
 
“The benefits of seeking training will not just help you in your career, but will also be of significant advantage to your employer, who will reap the rewards of having a more skilled, motivated and valuable worker in their ranks.”
 
Many people also expressed fears over the lack of a career ladder to aim for, however the research also revealed the majority (84%) were mostly happy in their chosen role.
 
This indicated that the problem was one to do with confidence rather than their actual job.
 
The most common reasons for feelings of dejection at work were no prospects of promotion (48%), 'the job is boring' (42%), too 'repetitive' (42%) and lack of pay rises (35%).
 

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