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Confidence in the workplace

Having confidence in yourself and your ability goes a long way to help you in your life and your working career.

However, confidence can be a fine line. Being perceived as too confident by a group of people, you may be earmarked as arrogant. On the other hand, being too modest and not saying enough might result in you giving the opinion that you’re lacking in confidence.

What is confidence and why is it important?

Basically, confidence is knowing what you are good at, the value you provide and acting in such a way that these qualities are conveyed to those around you.

Research has shown that when people are put in situations where they are expected to NOT do well, their general performance nose dives. The negativity and pressure they feel begins to creep into their headspace and they behave in a differing manner.

However, when they are expected to do well, they are generally in a positive frame of mind and so their performance improves considerably. Same person, but different expectations.

Why do I need confidence in the workplace?

  • You'll be perceived as being a positive individual - If your words and actions have conviction, you will be taken more seriously, which will help you advance in your job, career and your life.
  • You'll do more - You will be more likely to engage in challenging, but manageable projects. This may push the boundaries of your comfort zone, which will encourage you to set and achieve new goals. These are valued characteristics of successful workers. Most importantly, employers will learn to trust you with a project and know that you are more likely to be worthy of motivating others.
  • You'll communicate effectively - Confidence allows you to speak positively and with clarity. Professionals who communicate with confidence can convey their ideas and thoughts to their clients and co-workers in a clear and efficient manner. Effective communication is vitally important for career advancement.

Among the top behaviours employers look for when hiring or promoting a candidate are interactive skills, professionalism and enthusiasm, all valid points associated with confidence.

Ultimately, employers benefit from confident employees because they are more positive contributors, more productive, good motivators and make great role models. Additionally, confident employees are more alert and mindful of their surroundings which increases their personal wellbeing and safety awareness on the job.

What can I do to increase my confidence in the workplace?

  • Change your viewpoint - People whom lack confidence tend to be more concerned about the impact others have on them. Instead, they should focus on the impact they have on others,. This empowerment Improves your effectiveness because you will realise it is what you do to others, not what others do to you.
  • Acknowledge your achievements - When you do something well or achieve something, don’t sweep it under the carpet. Acknowledge it and give yourself praise even if it is just a minor achievement. Make sure your boss knows about any good work you have done. Be mindful to be realistic about your achievements top ensure you are not pushing your own barrow.
  • Act confidently - Ever heard of the saying “a picture paints a thousand words’? Now picture yourself. How do you look? What messages are you communicating when you walk into a room? What is your posture and body language saying? What information can potential employers or co-workers gather about you before you even say a word? Yes, as you can see, acting confidently is extremely important. Be aware of how you hold yourself and the signals your body language is portraying. Think about your posture. Stand up straight, and when you move around a room, move with confidence and purpose.

The best way to stand out from others is to express your confidence, standing tall, showing you are proud, happy & enjoy what you do.