Need to be cool and confident in your workplace? We suggest a few fail-safe ways to get those confidence juices flowing.
If you find your confidence levels dropping at a rapid pace as the year progresses, this post is for you! A lack of confidence and feelings of negativity at work could be due to a number of things: a lack of a good long holiday, juggling busy lives, or not receiving the right kind of support at work.
Juanita Simpson, Sales and Marketing Director at ICAS, Southern African employee wellness specialists, says “The most common reason that employees lose confidence is because of a bad relationship with their boss. The feelings of insecurity will last as long as the relationship is strained.”
“Overwhelming workloads and a general culture or feeling of negativity also contributes to poor confidence levels.” adds Simpson.
Here are 10 expert tips on how to get that confidence boost, and quickly
1. Understand your company. Knowing your company and how its parts fit together is vital for your work. Know who runs it and know the different sectors. Every bit of information will make you more effective at work.
2. Boost your knowledge. Know your clients and their industry. Understanding how and why certain departments and processes work can improve your work, thus boosting your confidence in your ability to do work.
3. Ask questions. Performing a task incorrectly because you don’t fully understand the requirements is not a good way to preserve your confidence. Instead of getting a task wrong and lowering your confidence, ask for clarification of what is required.
4. Get yourself known. If you’re working in a big company, it’s easy to feel lost and out of place, which may knock your confidence. Put yourself out there and get familiar with unknown faces. This doesn’t have to be forced: it’s simply being friendly and being open to meeting people.
5. Have a plan. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel about your expertise and competency. Try and plan your days each morning and always be as prepared as you can for meetings.
6. Cut the negative self-talk. Did your manager compliment one of your ideas? Did you meet a tight deadline? Did you manage to turn a difficult project around? Reminding yourself of successful times is a better way to boost confidence instead of constantly focusing on the negatives.
7. Build your strengths. A good way to boost confidence is to focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses.
8. Learn from your mistakes. Correcting your mistakes along the way is the foundation of success. Learn from previous mistakes and double check your work every time you complete a task. Ask yourself how you could improve on the task even more the next time you do it. In doing so, you will excel and this will boost your confidence.
9. Dress the part. No one is more conscious of your physical appearance than you are. When you don’t feel like you look good, it changes the way you carry yourself and your interactions with other people.
10. Have fun. It’s important to enjoy your job. Be engaged, positive, optimistic, open to suggestions, happy to contribute, proactive and generally cheerful. Learn from your mistakes, but also laugh and take criticism with good humour. Being more light-hearted boosts your confidence and helps you improve yourself.