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How Impostor Syndrome Explains Problems at Work

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When it comes job performance, it’s not uncommon for individuals to ponder—and more so worry—whether or not they know what they’re doing.  Writing for the Indianapolis Business Journal, Robby Slaughter explains the “Imposter Syndrome” and discussed ways to avoid suffering from the syndrome.

In the article Don’t fall victim to ‘Impostor Syndrome’, Slaughter identified the effects that self-doubt can have on an individual’s performance. Below is a brief excerpt from his article:

Most of us occasionally experience the sudden, gripping fear that we secretly have no idea what we are doing. This self-doubt might be baseless, but it can be crippling. We sometimes find ourselves unable to do any work for fear it might be wrong. We ruminate on what will happen if we are “discovered.” We work ourselves into a frenzy, then develop self-loathing when it becomes clear we had nothing to worry about.

Yet, no matter how educated a person may be on the symptoms of “Impostor Syndrome” it’s no guarantee that suffering from it can be easily avoided. On the contrary, it’s an unfortunate phenomenon that occurs more often than not. So, what can be done about it? According to Slaughter, there are several solutions:

  • Take time to recognize that you aren’t alone.

We all question ourselves. It can be comforting to recognize that most people also secretly harbor feelings of uncertainty . . . Feeling like a fraud in difficult situations is normal and healthy, and acknowledging that this is natural can help us work through these emotions.

  • Acknowledge your capabilities.

We need to prove to ourselves that we are capable. We need others to speak about our accomplishments as much as they do about our potential.

  • Discover and/or create a supportive culture.

Organizations should openly discuss the psychology of work. Companies and not-for-profits should be as focused on the mentality of their employees as they are on the status of their tasks.

  • Embrace failure rather than fear it.

Recognize those moments when you suddenly feel tremendously unqualified as opportunities to reflect on your ability, your potential to grow and your connection with others.

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If you or your team is suffering from Impostor Syndrome, consider reaching out to our Indiana consultants today. We specialize in business process and workflow solutions and help clients regain productivity and satisfaction in the office.

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