Combating Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace

Imposter Syndrome is a disorder that may affect “high-achieving individuals who, despite their objective successes, fail to internalize their accomplishments and have persistent self-doubt and fear of being exposed as a fraud or imposter.”
 
Imposter Syndrome is being discussed more frequently than ever by business Owners and Managers. Rightfully so, as Imposter syndrome can affect up to 82% of the population depending on recruiting tactics used.
 
Those effected by Imposter Syndrome may experience “increased levels of stress, burnout, and decreased performance and satisfaction over time” in their professional lives. With many firms struggling to hire employees due to “The Great Resignation” one thing is clear: Addressing and actively combating Imposter Syndrome in the workplace is imperative to retaining a fulfilled and healthy workforce.
 
Persistent feelings of Imposter Syndrome should be handled by a professional but there are simple techniques one can do to combat these feelings before they become a significant, daily issue on a basis:
 
 
Acknowledge The Issue
  • Problems do not get solved until they’re acknowledged. While some employees may be transparent about their struggles, those experiencing Imposter Syndrome may feel too vulnerable, embarrassed or anxious to allow to others know how they feel. Management can address and normalize these feelings with staff and encourage open dialogue, creating a safe place to ask for help. 
 
 
Offer Career Advancement Opportunities
 
 
Encourage Mentorships
  • While remote work has proven to have many upsides for both employees and employers, a noted downfall is the lack of organizational support felt. Encouraging employees to find a mentor or assigning one provides them with a resource for encouragement, constructive criticism, and a proven path to reach their professional goals.
 
 
Be Upfront with Expectations and Reviews 

 

 
Reframe YOUR Insecurity 
  • If you’re dealing with Imposter Syndrome, one of the most effective exercises to subdue your anxieties is to practice Cognitive Reframing in order to establish a Redemptive Narrative. For example, if you’re surrounding yourself with intelligent and accomplished people, take a moment to be proud that you have positioned yourself to learn and grow with such a prestigious group.
 
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