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Imposter syndrome pervades the workplace

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Employees are still experiencing imposter syndrome in the workplace, despite having a good company culture.

The majority (96%) of respondents to a Roar Training survey said they had imposter syndrome, where someone experiences doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments.

Kirsty Hulse, founder of Roar Training, encouraged employees to accept it and acknowledge imposter syndrome. 

She said: “The problem with impostor syndrome is that, by its very labeling, 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 said.

When feeling inadequate, Hulse urged others to think about the feeling as commonplace and part of personal development.

Over half (53%) said they have turned down work opportunities due to lack of confidence before.

Hulse added: "Our workplace findings show just how widespread lack of confidence is and how this is holding us back from our full potential." 

Outside of personal reflection, there are several ways HR can provide a strong support to help staff reach their potential.

Regular feedback (77%) and catch ups (54%) were among the top ways respondents said employers could help improve their confidence.

Training, external (64%) and internal (59%), was also valued by staff.

Hulse said: “The results of our survey show that there is definite room for improvement to ensure that the workplace is a safe, enjoyable space where employees are encouraged and left feeling as confident as possible.”

The survey was based on responses of 202 UK employees.