In the world of business, your confidence tends to increase with success or diminishes with negative experiences. Often, a difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and feedback, our ability to gain knowledge and the decisions we make at work. Prestige Recruitment Group has therefore written our top five tips in order for you to increase in confidence within the workplace:
- Celebrate Your Successes
Within the workplace, people tend to focus on negative feedback and the elements they need to change. When all you do is concentrate on these workplace negatives, it can be easy to lose confidence in the work that you do, but it’s absolutely vital that you focus on the positives too! Celebrate when you get positive feedback, celebrate when you do something above and beyond and are noticed because of it, and celebrate when you feel like you deserve it! Pointing out what you have done well will make your confidence grow in a great matter-of-fact way. This will make you more confident because you get into the habit of self-reward and self-acknowledgement.
2. View Feedback Differently
A lot of people tend to focus on negative feedback and can become very defensive when they hear things they don’t want to hear. It’s important that when you do receive negative feedback, you need to turn it round and view it as a positive. Although this may be easier said than done, it’s important that you accept the feedback you receive, as part of the process of growing is hearing what you don’t want to hear and learning from it. Understanding this concept will mean your confidence won’t be damaged if you do receive negative feedback as you will already be trying to better yourself!
3. Say Your Goals Out Loud
Confidence will start the moment you state your intentions, so let people know you will finish an assigned task at work – and then go ahead and finish it. When you voice your goals, you can gain confidence when you do actually finish the task! You will also build credibility with others when they see you achieving the goals that you have set out to achieve. However, remember that this can actually be a confidence killer if you don’t manage to achieve your goals or finish your work.
4. Learn, Learn, Learn
Personal training and further education can seriously help your workplace confidence grow! If you do feel ill equipped or hesitant and need to learn more, try and find some online courses or go to seminars. If you increase your capabilities, you will increase your confidence, which will make you feel more comfortable at work.
5. Surround Yourself With The Right People
In order to increase your confidence at work, you need to surround yourself with good, honest, confident people. If your colleagues are people who can encourage you and build you up, you will feel more confident and comfortable going into work everyday. If you spend too much time with people who criticise you, that’s going to kill your confidence which will affect your work in the future. Surrounding yourself with happy, positive people will make everything a little easier!
Workplace confidence can be tied into stress and mental health in the workplace. If you want to find out more, please check out our other blogs here.