Going back to the workplace as the world resumes normality after the COVID-19 pandemic can be a scary prospect for some people. Whether you have been laid off and are starting a new job, you’re returning to a physical office or working environment, or you need to physically meet clients and not just show yourself via a Zoom call, the adjustment could be intimidating.
Lacking confidence is something a lot of people struggle with. Even those who appear to be full of confidence can secretly be hiding the fact that they too are having to fake it and put on a show at work for others. So how can you learn to feel more confident in your work? It isn’t easy, but there are some things you can do to help alleviate your worries and give you a confidence boost when you most need it.
When it comes to boosting your confidence in the workplace, knowledge can help a lot! Learn as much as you can about where you work, how the company operates and precisely what is expected of you, day in, day out.
You could approach this by talking to your colleagues or management, digging into the intranet, or reading the staff handbook to learn more about the company and each job role within it. Try to put yourself out there when you can – volunteer to learn new things, take on tasks that scare you, or push yourself out of your comfort zone.
By being curious at work you’ll show your boss that you’re serious about your role and want to make a career out of it. Doing so can only be a good thing if you are looking for a promotion at work!
Put perfection aside
Being good at your job and being perfect are two different things. People make mistakes; it’s human nature to get things wrong. Being able to forgive yourself over small mistakes, learn from them going forward, and acknowledge that failures are the stepping stones to success, will all help you to be a better employee. So don’t fret about being perfect.
Learning is key
Learn about yourself, your role, how to do your job better and more effectively. Learn what others do and always be open to learning new skills and techniques from them. Information is vital, as is experience, and the more you experience, the more you can learn what does and doesn’t work for you which will help you to become more adept at your job.
We mentioned curiosity already, but if you’re finding out new things without putting them into practice, even if they’re not the right fit for you, then all that knowledge is wasted. After all, you will never know if you don’t try!
Feedback is crucial
Feedback from your bosses, your clients, customers, and colleagues is essential. Without feedback, you’ll never know if or how you can improve what you do. The better you become at your job, the more confident you will become. Let’s take talking on the phone; an area many people struggle with when it comes to confidence. Phone phobia is a real problem, and your capability to have conversations over the phone is an excellent area to ask for feedback on.
Utilising constructive feedback to help you improve what you do will not only help you to see the areas you need to improve in, but also how to improve. Without this feedback, you will never know how well you are performing and gain the correct knowledge to help you become more confident in a particular area.
Build on your strengths
We all have talents in different areas. Finding what your expertise in your job role is could be the key to helping you boost your confidence at work. Once you have gained confidence in one particular area, this will create the momentum to help you refine other skills in your toolbox, ultimately boosting your confidence in other areas too.
This is a collaborative post that was ghost written for More From My Career.