If you’ve ever felt insecure in the workplace, don’t worry; you’re not alone.
Insecurities in the workplace are common and can come up for various reasons. Here are some of the top concerns and the best ways to deal them.
Feeling you aren’t as talented as your peers is one of the most common workplace insecurities. In today’s world, competition in the labour market can be so fierce that it’s natural to get caught up comparing yourself to others. There always seems to be someone who can work faster, stronger, or better than you.
However, it’s important to remember that just because your skill set may be different than your co-workers’, it doesn’t mean that your expertise is less valuable. Practicing your craft, learning productivity methods, and living a healthier lifestyle will gradually help you enhance your abilities without obsessing over others.
If you feel insecure about your talent, there’s a good chance you’re worried about not advancing as quickly as others. Worse, jealousy and envy are poison to your productivity, hampering your advancement prospects even further.
To break this downward cycle, it’s vital to communicate with your manager regularly about their expectations of your role and progression. Once you have this information, you can set targets and take on more responsibilities that will eventually lead to new opportunities in your company.
Although income may be a taboo topic around the office, you likely have a ballpark idea of how much your co-workers earn. If a co-worker’s salary is making you feel inadequate, remember to focus your energy on qualifying yourself for a raise.
As a rule of thumb, your income should be equal to the value you generate for your employer. If you feel you aren’t being paid as much as you would like, focus on increasing the value you offer so that you can improve your bargaining power during your next annual review.
Feeling as though you’re not qualified for your position is common, especially for those starting out for the first time, or entering a new profession. However, if you weren’t qualified for your role, more often than not, you wouldn’t have landed your job in the first place.
On a more practical level, you can also erase this feeling altogether by updating your skill set. Be proactive about building your qualifications through online courses, workshops, or part-time certificate courses.
5) Social skills
If you’re prone to feeling insecure, there’s a good chance that you have similar concerns about whether your social skills are equal to the people around you. In this case, start small. Offer to help your co-workers with their tasks or projects. They’ll appreciate the help and when they thank you, you can use that opportunity to build workplace relationships and personal friendships.
It’s also a good idea to participate in public speaking clubs, take improv classes, and watch YouTube videos devoted to teaching social skills.
6) Feeling invisible
No one wants to feel invisible to the one person they are trying to impress at work: their boss. If you feel invisible, consider doing something to make yourself stand out.
Stay late, finish projects early, volunteer for more projects, surpass sales quotas — by applying yourself and taking more calculated risks, getting noticed in the right way will come naturally.
7) Fear of dismissal
If you feel any combination of the above insecurities, there’s a good chance you’re afraid your shortcomings could lead to a dismissal. That said, it’s important to understand that termination rarely comes without reason.
If you’re a good employee, you need to push this thought out of your head. Focus instead on the value you can bring to the company and eventually you’ll be irreplaceable.
Overall, workplace insecurities are perfectly normal. Sometimes they can push you forward, and sometimes they can hold you back. Make sure you learn to distinguish what you’re experiencing and deal with it accordingly. Don’t let work woes get in the way of your happiness and productivity.
— This article was written by David Tal of Jobpostings.ca, Canada’s largest student job network helping post-secondary students find their internships, co-ops and entry-level jobs to launch their careers. Follow them @Jobpostings.ca.