‘Impostor syndrome’ leaves workers in fear of being ‘found out’ over lack of skills

Third of UK employees feel like an ‘impostor’ and unqualified for their jobs, and look to Google for help, Docebo report reveals.

  • One in three UK workers don’t feel qualified for their job and more than half don’t think their co-worker is either.
  • One in four employees live in a constant state of fear of being fired because of their lack of skills
  • Forty per cent turn to Google or YouTube for help, rather than ask a co-worker
  • Sixty per cent say their happiness at work is tied to the provision of learning and development opportunities by their employer

A third of UK workers (33%) don’t feel qualified for their current job and more than half (53%) don’t think their co-worker is either. That is according to the ‘Fake It Til’ You Make It’ survey report released by Docebo, the global leading artificial intelligence learning platform.

The report surveyed 1,200 employed adults in both the UK and USA (2,400 total) to understand how confident and qualified they feel in their current roles and how on-the-job training affects their wellbeing at work.

One-in-three (33%) UK employees don’t feel qualified for their current jobs, with 32% fearing that their boss or colleagues think the same about them. These fears impact workers’ wellbeing at work, with one in four (23%) fearing they may be let go from their job at least once a month because of their lack of skills.

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Reflecting the fear of being ‘found out’, 40% of people would search the internet for help when they don’t know how to complete a task at work rather than ask a colleague. UK workers also have little faith in their colleagues’ performance, with more than half (53%) saying they have a colleague who isn’t qualified for their job.

The report uncovered that businesses may be able to allay these concerns among workers, while also improving morale. In fact, 59% of employees say the availability of workplace learning is important to their happiness at work.

Indeed, more than a third (38%) of UK workers would quit a job due to a lack of training. This is even higher for younger workers, with 55% of millennials (respondents born after 1980) likely to leave a job without good learning opportunities. However, more than a third (38%) of UK workers say their employer’s training programme is out-of-date and doesn’t meet their expectations.

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“Training tools simply aren’t keeping up with the needs of today’s digital workforce and it’s impacting how they are able to build their careers and find happiness in the workplace”, said Claudio Erba, CEO of Docebo. “To ensure employees thrive, companies need to implement training tools that match the ease, personalisation and interactivity of platforms like Google and YouTube. This not only helps the workforce to feel more empowered, but will also create new opportunities for a business to evolve the types of roles and tasks its employees take on.”

For more additional information from the ‘Fake It Til’ You Make It’ report, please visit: https://hubs.ly/H0g8WT_0

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