Six steps to more confidence at work
Confidence and self-esteem can be a key factor in terms of success – particularly in the workplace. It is important to be smart and capable, but confidence can directly impact your effectiveness and productivity.
Often low self-esteem and confidence comes from negative thoughts and experiences that we cannot seem to shake. A work environment that is a poor fit with your personal values can also affect your confidence.
To develop workplace confidence you need to replace negativity with positive thinking and actions. Counselling can help you to do this, but it can be useful to bear in mind the following self-help tips:
Focus on the good
Doubt can fuel low self-esteem, so divert your attention away from any worries or ‘weaknesses’ by focusing on your skills and talents. Writing down your good qualities and acknowledging your achievements will instantly boost your mood and make you feel empowered. This will make a huge difference to your effectiveness in the workplace.
Deep down we all know when we’re working well and doing our best, and when we’re not. Slacking and getting behind on work can undermine your well-being, confidence and happiness in the workplace even more. If you are troubled by something at work think about how this can be resolved to improve your motivation and encourage you to work more efficiently. Set yourself goals and focus on your strengths.
Communication is key for confidence in so many ways. Firstly, if you are feeling insecure and worried about something at work, try to open up to your colleagues rather than withdrawing into yourself. This can help you to overcome uncertainty and shyness which may be contributing to your low self-esteem.
Communication is also a great way to build trust and healthy relationships in the workplace. Be mindful to address people using their names as this makes a conversation more personal, and use questions that encourage long answers.
The way you present yourself to others can make you feel more confident. Be aware of how you hold yourself and the signals your body language is giving out. Posture is also key; stand up straight and walk with purpose. Paying attention to your appearance and dressing for the job can also help you to feel more empowered.
Find a job you enjoy
Being in a job that you don’t enjoy is guaranteed to make you feel low in confidence and self-esteem. Developing your career in a role that inspires and motivates you will make a huge difference to your self-worth. People that enjoy their job are naturally more engaged, proactive, positive, open to suggestion, happy to contribute ideas and are generally cheerful. Those who are unhappy tend to be guarded, negative, reactive and mostly grumpy.