49 per cent of millennials struggle with imposter syndrome at work

Imposter Syndrome

Nearly half of millennials struggle with imposter syndrome at work, according to a new survey.

The research, conducted by online careers platform, Careercake, found that 49 per cent of those surveyed said their biggest worry at work was ‘not being “good enough” or being found out that you don’t have the ability to perform your role (even though you do)’.

This was the most common challenge facing millennials in the workplace followed by 36 per cent stating it was their relationship with their boss or a particular colleague, followed by 30 per cent saying it was anxiety at work.

Speaking about the research, Aimee Bateman, CEO of Careercake said, “It is sad to see such a high percentage of people who don’t feel like they’re at the top of their game at work.”

“We hear from millennials a lot and they tell us they put a lot of pressure on themselves they feel like their boss or colleagues are going to find out they’re not good enough.”

“This is debilitating for the individual and has negative consequences for their organisation.”

“If they are lacking in confidence they are less likely to go for that promotion or contribute their ideas in a group setting.”

“What is even more worrying, however, is there is a lot of misunderstanding about how millennials are.”

“You’ll often hear references to the fact they’re young, they’re snowflakes, they’re flakey when it comes to employment.”

“The reality is millennials are aged between 23 to 38 years old, meaning some are nearly 40 years old.”

“Millennials are your bank managers, your police officers, your boss.”

“We’re your HR managers and your front line staff.”

“When you consider that millennials comprise 35 per cent of the workforce, that those businesses are not considering the unique needs of this group and addressing things like imposter syndrome could be impacting their bottom line and not future proofing their people.”

Alison Simpson
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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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