By Katie Howells

A recent study found that 85% of us suffer from low confidence during any one year. Whilst those insecurities can be rooted in anything from physical appearance to social situations, when it comes to a lack of confidence at work, it could be costing you in money, not just in happiness.

In 2008, a study conducted by Francesco Drago, found white collar workers with high-esteem earnt approximately $28000 more than their low-confidence counterparts. With numbers like that we can’t afford to let our confidence slip to new lows.

Lois Frankel, author of ‘Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office’, writes that “people with low self-esteem often try to remain under the radar because they don’t want to be noticed, but especially in this economy that is the wrong thing to do”. In order to avoid being stuck in the shadows, check out our guide for boosting your confidence at work.

Hail your own successes

At Goodman Masson, we try to celebrate the little things. First placements come with a bell ring and a bottle of champagne, internal emails rejoice notable successes and top performers have lunch on us every quarter. These celebrations don’t lend themselves to every role however and whilst numbers can be tracked, some achievements aren’t always as easily recorded. It’s important then that we take on the responsibility ourselves to recognize hard work and so whilst it might not seem very British to boast, sometimes a little ego stroking is necessary.

In order to do this, keep a kudos file of congratulatory emails, praise you’ve received and work you’re proud of. Not only will this serve as a pick-me-up for days when your confidence is wavering, but if your hard work pays off, it can also serve as evidence for a promotion.

Increase your knowledge

Often low self-confidence can stem from feelings of inadequacy. Itís no surprise then that learning is the fastest way to building self-esteem. This learning can be done in private and can be as simple as watching a TED talk, however asking your employer for training will demonstrate your commitment to the job and battle stereotypes, which Frankel says can often be assigned to timid people; “we make assumptions we may ascribe lower intelligence, even though that’s not true”. These assumptions are often ascribed to people due to inherent behaviours, most notably presenting statements as questions. Increasing your knowledge and ensuring you’re certain of the facts will hopefully turn those questions into exclamations.

Dress the part

The term ‘fake it till you make it’ didn’t appear out of thin air. Rather it’s rooted in research. From red lipstick which was utilized by the Suffragettes to make them feel bold in times of adversity, to the simple tie, which studies have found can actually affect the way in which wearers hold and perceive themselves, when we look good on the outside, we feel good on the inside.

What’s more, dressing well has also been found to change others perceptions of us, with Jake Palmer of Oxford and Henley, writing, “Dressing better has elevated my perceived knowledge at work. Coworkers want to ask for my opinion more often and rely on that information to make their own decisions.”

Look Outwards

Of course when we view self-confidence we put the onus on the self, after all itís in the word. However often-times, we also need to be looking outwards. Whether itís a boss whose criticism is less constructive and more destructive, friends whose reaction to success is pessimism or a colleague who picks at your shortcomings, recognizing who you surround yourself with and staying away from negative influences can make a world of difference to your self-confidence.

Related blogs

Swipe to view more

13th November 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to hire!

Read story
13th October 2020

Goodman Masson Salary Guides

Read story
12th October 2020

Recruiter insights: Gender diversity.

Read story
12th October 2020

Battling low self confidence at work.

Read story
12th October 2020

A day in the life of a Treasurer.

Read story
12th October 2020

Recruiter insights: Rec Tech.

Read story
12th October 2020

Should men take a pay cut to level the field?

Read story
12th October 2020

Why we finish early on Friday.

Read story
12th October 2020

Rise and shine: The best ways to start your day.

Read story
12th October 2020

A day in the life of an NHS Finance Business Partner.

Read story
12th October 2020

Why we’ve turned our back on formal dress codes.

Read story
12th October 2020

Being ignored at work.

Read story
12th October 2020

The importance of a good nights sleep.

Read story
12th October 2020

Creating trust between colleagues.

Read story
12th October 2020

The rise of insecure overachievers.

Read story
12th October 2020

Panicking over probation periods.

Read story
12th October 2020

Getting involved: Exploring collaborative working.

Read story
12th October 2020

4 ways to start a career in Compliance.

Read story
12th October 2020

A day in the life of a Management Accountant

Read story
12th October 2020

Imposter syndrome.

Read story
12th October 2020

Honesty online.

Read story
12th October 2020

Beating the unemployment blues.

Read story
12th October 2020

Four day weeks and flexible working.

Read story
12th October 2020

Views from the top: Taking back control of the development process.

Read story
12th October 2020

The pressure to be productive during isolation.

Read story
12th October 2020

Stepping up with Pascale Nicholls.

Read story
12th October 2020

Stepping up with Patrick Barker.

Read story
12th October 2020

Stepping up with Otto Balsiger.

Read story
12th October 2020

Stepping up with Catherine Fisher.

Read story
12th October 2020

Employee spotlight: Cheyne Cole.

Read story
12th October 2020

The happiest jobs in the UK.

Read story
12th October 2020

A day in the life of an ESG Investment Analyst.

Read story
1st October 2020

A day in the life of a Senior Internal Auditor.

Read story
1st October 2020

The ‘parent card’.

Read story
1st October 2020

A day in the life of a Credit Controller.

Read story
1st October 2020

Cancelling an interview.

Read story
1st October 2020

In-office benefits: Helping or hurting?

Read story
1st October 2020

Ageism in the workplace.

Read story
1st October 2020

Snow White and the seven bad candidates.

Read story
1st October 2020

Is silence really golden.

Read story
1st October 2020

Protecting your online reputation.

Read story
1st October 2020

A look at Risk in focus.

Read story
1st October 2020

Top tips for choosing a mentor.

Read story
1st October 2020

Battling burnout.

Read story
1st October 2020

Enemy employees.

Read story
1st October 2020

IR35 with Director Catherine Kellaway.

Read story
1st October 2020

5 celebrities that would make great recruiters.

Read story
1st October 2020

Learning from Stonewalls top LGBT employers.

Read story
1st October 2020

How AI is changing London.

Read story
1st October 2020

A day in the life of a Trade Support Analyst.

Read story
1st October 2020

Views from the top women in Tech with a Clinical Technology Director.

Read story
1st October 2020

Our Approach to Diversity and Inclusion.

Read story
1st October 2020

How AI is affecting your sector.

Read story
1st October 2020

Navigating difficult times utilising Technology?

Read story
1st October 2020

Working from home for a while.

Read story
×

Oops! We could not locate your form.