Imposter syndrome: how can employees and employers deal with it
Have you ever doubt your skills or you constantly feel you are not good enough at work? Well, if the answer is yes, you might have imposter syndrome. This is the name given to a behavior pattern where people doubt their success and accomplishments despite strong evidence to the contrary. They have an internalised fear of being exposed as a fraud.
Research reveals that imposter syndrome is related to anxiety, depression and low self-worth, and it has a negative impact on wellbeing through stress, anxiety and feelings of isolation, inhibiting risk-taking and innovation through fear of failure.
While the exact number of people dealing with this is unknown, its incidence is high; many employees have likely had these feelings.
It is not easy to deal with imposter syndrome, but there are some excellent tips to avoid it:
- The first step to overcoming imposter syndrome is to pay attention to negative thoughts. Your emotional state affects your perception. If you are anxious about a tight deadline or a challenging project, remind yourself that your anxiety may trick you to believe that you are a fraud, but you are not.
Female representation and gender inequality at work
Gender inequalities persist in social and economic life around the world. OCDE (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) says that young women have more years of schooling than young men, on average. However, women are still less likely to engage in paid work. Gaps widen with age, as motherhood typically has adverse effects on women’s pay and career advancement. Women are also less likely to be entrepreneurs and are under-represented in private and public leadership.
According to the European Comission’s website, women remain underrepresented in the labour market. 67% of women are currently in employment, whereas men’s employment stands at 79%. In other words, there is a gender employment gap of 12%.
Even if more women participate in the labour market, the burden of personal and care responsibilities still falls mainly on their backs. Simply put, women work more when they combine the time devoted to unpaid work (daily, household chores, inclusive care), personal activities and leisure, and the increase in these hours of work does not automatically lead to a more balanced division of domestic and caregiving work between women and men.
But, in Europe, more women than men graduate from universities. However,...
Outplacement or redundancy services: why it is so important?
We live in a time when the modern job market is more complex, competitive and accelerated. It is an environment that is constantly evolving and constitutes a new and frequent job market. As a result, employees now need outplacement support that is more responsive, timely and personalized, provided by experts who can provide flexible and results-focused support.
Outplacement or redundancy services are a great way to support employees who are facing a career transition, especially in these extraordinary times when many people left without a job due to the pandemic.
Outplacement is the most crucial termination benefit for employees and the company. For employers, this offers benefits that may help saving resources that can be spent on organizational and legal costs that may arise during the termination of work. For employees, this service allows them to survive financially during the transition and do it so quickly and successfully.
As an employer, the benefits of offering outplacement show your commitment to the well-being of employees, in addition to maintaining the integrity of your company, demonstrating adherence to best practices and fulfilling legal obligations. Employees dismissed will have the confidence and peace of...
Coronavirus and the effect on the labor market in the Netherlands
The whole world has been facing the COVID-19 pandemic for one year. To contain the virus, the ideal is to avoid people from leaving their homes, and this implies in close stores, shops, restaurants, bars, and, when possible, making them work from home. However, the closure of all these places reflects both on the economy and unemployment and possible hiring, and such as many other countries, the Netherlands also faces this impact of the coronavirus on the labor market.
Figures released by the Centraal Bureau van Statistiek (CBS) revealed that more than 300.000 jobs in the Netherlands were lost due to the coronavirus crisis in the second quarter of 2020. Beyond that, also the Dutch economy has shrunk by 8.5%.
There were 322,000 fewer jobs in the Netherlands between April and June 2020 than in the same period in 2019. In the first quarter of 2020, there were 81 job openings for every 100 unemployed. However, in the second quarter, that number dropped to 57 for every 100 unemployed. At the beginning of 2020, there were 277,000 unemployed in the Netherlands.
According to IZA - Institute of Labor Economics,...
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