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News article21 April 2023European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion2 min read

Four golden rules to deal with imposter syndrome in the workplace

Imposter syndrome is a feeling of inadequacy that many people experience, even when they are successful in their field. It can make people feel like they do not deserve their success and are not as talented as others. Here is how to deal with it.

Four golden rules to deal with imposter syndrome in the workplace

Remember your achievements

Imposter syndrome can cause you to minimise your achievements or even disregard them altogether. So, it is important to focus on your accomplishments and remind yourself why you are qualified for the role. Instead of explaining away successes as luck, you should write down the ways you are the best person for the job. Writing things down can clear your mind and help you recognise your accomplishments. You should also keep a log of all the positive comments made by clients on projects you have worked on. This is a great way to reflect on your achievements more clearly and is an effective way to combat imposter syndrome.  

Share how you feel

Imposter syndrome is common at the workplace, and you are not alone in dealing with feelings of self-doubt. It can be a very isolating feeling, so it is important to confide in someone at work. Keeping your feelings to yourself can be detrimental to your mental wellbeing, which will only cause imposter syndrome to grow bigger and more difficult to deal with at work. The encouragement from fellow colleagues can help you refocus and provide a fresh perspective to the true value you bring to your company.

Stop comparing yourself to others

Comparing yourself to others in the workplace can damage your confidence, especially if you are experiencing imposter syndrome. It can be easy to focus on other people’s successes, while ignoring your own. It is often the case that we do not know the circumstances of other people. If you stop and think about it, most of your colleagues are not accomplishing anything that you are not capable of accomplishing. It is important to keep things in perspective and focus on measuring your own achievements instead of comparing them to your colleagues’. If you find yourself frequently comparing yourself to others at work, remember your own achievements and know that everyone has bouts of imposter syndrome.

Show off your successes

It can be awkward talking about our strengths and achievements. No one wants to be perceived as overconfident or arrogant. However, sometimes it is better to actively acknowledge and show off successes, especially if you are trying to combat imposter syndrome. The next time you feel you have contributed to a project or task, you should celebrate it with your team and loved ones. You should avoid deflecting or minimising your role and get used to having your achievements recognised.

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