Have you ever worked in a corporate setting where you just did not fit in at the office? Did you feel that when ever you contributed to the conversation in meetings that your co-workers believed that you did not add any value? These are some negative environmental factors at the office that can contribute to you feeling less confident as an employee. Having low self-esteem at where you work can have a dramatic effect on your job performance and have a negative impact on how others perceive you.
Moving up in your career
When people know that you are not confident in your abilities to do the job then management will start to take notice. There are so many times when managers talk about who are the top resources and who not the best performers with each other. The fact that if you lack confidence may not fit the mold of the type of employee that companies look for when they look for people to get the job done. The lack of confidence in your ability to perform your job with excellence can affect your ability of employers wanting to bring you into their organization when you are looking for a new job. When employers do a reference checks with your previous employers then you probably will not receive a glowing recommendation. This negativity creates a bad energy around your career and what you are looking to achieve in the future. In fact, you are probably very good at your job but if you lack the confidence it can have dire consequences for your career goals.
Making friends at work
Another consequence of having low-self esteem at work can have an impact on the people who want to socialize with you at the office. Organizations that are performance based tend to have employees that strive towards excellence in their profession. People that are focused on their career ambitions will not want to spend time with others that are not capable of being top performers. There is another level of complexity when you bring office politics into this equation. You will lose on the chance of building solid relationships with your co-workers that can help you with your job and developing meaningful working relationships to help make you feel part of the team. When people do not feel that they belong at the office or do not feel very well liked it makes it tough to just show up to work. The bottom line is that if you are not confident then this will not be good for your career.
What you can do to gain confidence
You need to look at the issues that are the root cause of your confidence issues at work. Get a pen and paper to start listing the problems that you are having at work which may be contributed to the lack of confidence. You need to really be honest with yourself and do not hold back on self evaluating yourself. This list is not going to go to anyone and will not be seen by anyone except for yourself. Once you have identified your issues then you need to develop a plan on improving yourself and take the necessary steps to change your lack of confidence to being confident.