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People plagued with self-doubt at work after pandemic

Following the global pandemic and insecurity of the past two years, Brits are now being plagued by self-doubt and questioning their ability to do a good job at work. A recent survey conducted by explosive new business tool, Pip Decks, reveals one in two Brits (51 per cent) admit seeing experts speak at conferences makes them feel inadequate in their own job.


Imposter Syndrome Mental Health Joe Plumb
Nearly a quarter of people surveyed (24 percent) regularly have feelings of imposter syndrome.

Nearly a quarter of people surveyed (24 cent) regularly have feelings of imposter syndrome at work, with 16 percent of the population admitting they constantly have negative feelings of self-doubt and incompetence.


What is imposter syndrome?

Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Many question whether they're deserving of accolades.


Workers in the West Midlands were most frequently plagued with feelings of imposter syndrome (29 per cent), closely followed by Wales (21 per cent). Meanwhile in East Anglia, 22 per cent of respondents admitted to having never felt the sting of imposter syndrome.

Workers in the nation’s capital also struggle with the fear of not being good enough, with 30 per cent of those polled admitting to often having feelings of inadequacy in the workplace.

Having access to experts at conferences also seems to be having a negative impact on the mental wellbeing of Londoners at work, with 59 per cent citing this as the cause for their imposter syndrome.


A whopping 52 per cent of the nation said their imposter syndrome was due to self-inflicted pressure to succeed with 43 per cent of men believing thoughts of failure were a result of how they are treated by bosses and work colleagues.


Current workload was the main source of anxiety for women, with 37 per cent admitting their imposter syndrome stemmed from being stretched too thinly.


People working in finance and business management sectors felt the sting the sharpest, in comparison to healthcare professionals where over 32 per cent admitted they rarely feel any insecurities at work.


“The aim of the survey, is to understand workplace attitudes and challenges to gain a greater insight into what is keeping people awake at night. The pandemic transformed our ways of working in many cases and now that people are returning to their routines of old, we wanted to see if those periods of isolated working had a lasting impression on the workplace.” - explains Pip Decks founder Charles Burdett

Despite the epidemic of self-doubt that appears to be sweeping the nation, the findings also showed that more people that ever (43 per cent) are taking initiative to enhance their careers by engaging in additional activities outside of the working day.


Of those, 55 per cent are taking online classes to enhance their skills, while 38 per cent are taking in-person classes to hone or foster a new talent.


29 per cent of people are pursuing the blogging and vlogging, while 26 per cent of people are working on a novel or memoir.


Around 26 per cent of people believe that their out-of-work hobbies help them in their careers while 10 per cent of people volunteer their free time to a charity.


As well as being the region most plagued by self-doubt at work, 58 per cent of workers in the West Midlands are currently pursuing career-enhancing activities in their own time.

Around 64 per cent of Londoners are currently enrolled in online learning modules, closely followed by those living in the South East (60 per cent) and East Anglia (58 per cent).


Following the return to normal working practices post-pandemic, the poll also challenged people on their levels of creativity at work. A staggering 38 per cent of respondents believed they were more creative at work following their return to normal life, post lockdown. Over 50 per cent said that they had come up with a credible creative idea at work within seven days of taking the poll.


“We loved this stat”, said Pip Decks’ Charles Burdett. “Our business at Pip Decks is to support businesses to become more cohesive and creative, using our card decks of tips, tactics and techniques to improve team workshops. The enthusiasm that comes with creativity really is infectious and if we can help to foster those creative sparks in teams, businesses will feel that halo effect.


“The key to overcoming imposter syndrome is to foster a belief in yourself. We have received feedback from so many businesses who have used Pip Decks on how their staff have felt more empowered, creative and galvanised to succeed. If we can spread that kind of positivity, I truly believe we can turn the tide of imposter syndrome.”


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