Imposter syndrome is a term coined in the late 1970s by two American psychologists, who defined this as a phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Simply put, imposter syndrome is a feeling that you are not really qualified for your job despite all the external validation you may have, such as previous work experience, a degree or other qualification. At Accentuate HR we believe that tackling the imposter syndrome is essential to bring out the best work not only in yourself, but in your employees and colleagues as well.
Additionally, it is worth mentioning that this feeling of inferiority is more widespread than we may first imagine. Recent studies published in the Journal of Behavioural Science have stated that up to 70 per cent of the U.S. population has experienced what has become known as imposter syndrome. It is also striking to note that this does not only affect people early in their career, who may not have much experience to validate their talents yet, but this affects those at the very top of their chosen field.
With high numbers of individuals expected to suffer from imposter syndrome, at least once in their careers, at Accentuate HR we believe that it is of importance that people know how best to cope with the issue.
In order to service our clients to the highest standard, Accentuate HR regularly consults with experts in a variety of fields so that we can offer the most effective and comprehensive advice possible. In this instance, we have spoken to Donna Elliott and Cheryl Lee from Now is Your Time, who have offered the following tips to employers on how best to combat the challenge of the imposter syndrome in the workplace.
As employers you can help embed a healthy culture of mental and emotional wellbeing into the workplace:
Understanding what imposter syndrome is and developing a strategy to combat it is not as easy as it may seem.
For further information on how to deal with the challenge of the imposter syndrome Accentuate HR recommends working with companies such as Now Is Your Time who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.