Third of workers feel unqualified for their roles

Employees don't feel qualified in their current roles, with the fear of being ‘found out’ impacting their wellbeing

A third of UK workers (33%) don’t feel qualified for their current job and more than half (53%) don’t think a co-worker is either, according to research from Docebo.

Its Fake It 'Til You Make It report, which surveyed 2,400 UK employees to understand how confident and qualified they feel in their current roles and how on-the-job training affects wellbeing at work, also found that a third (32%) fear that their boss or colleagues think they're not cut out for their job.

These concerns are impacting staff wellbeing, with one in four (23%) experiencing anxiety at least once a month that they may be let go from their jobs due to lack of skills.

Reflecting the fear of being ‘found out’, 40% of people said they would search the internet for help when they don’t know how to complete a task at work rather than ask a colleague.

However, the report found that businesses may be able to allay these concerns among workers and improve morale through training and development. Over half (59%) of employees said the availability of workplace learning is important to their happiness at work, while more than a third (38%) said they would quit a job due to a lack of training. This figure was higher among younger workers, with 55% of respondents born after 1980 saying they would be likely to leave a job without good learning opportunities.

However, more than a third (38%) of workers said that their employer's training programme is out of date and doesn’t meet their expectations.

Claudio Erba, CEO of Docebo, said that employers must use technology to update their training programmes in order to provide a better employee experience.

“Training tools simply aren’t keeping up with the needs of today’s digital workforce and it’s impacting how they are able to build their careers and find happiness in the workplace,” he said.

“To ensure employees thrive, companies need to implement training tools that match the ease, personalisation and interactivity of platforms like Google and YouTube. This not only helps the workforce to feel more empowered but will also create new opportunities for a business to evolve the types of roles and tasks its employees take on.”