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Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace

Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace

For some people, the opportunity to work from home due to the pandemic has been a blessing in disguise. But, for others (ourselves included) it comes with a few negatives, one of which being, an increased sense of Imposter Syndrome. If you feel you can relate, don’t worry, we’re here for you chick and we can get through this together. ❤️

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome is the overwhelming feeling of fraudulence and/or as though you’re about to be found out. This feeling stems from an individual consistently doubting their abilities and credibility, leaving them unable to acknowledge the praise they deserve for something great that they’ve done. It can completely override any feeling of success within the workplace.

Is Working from home intensifying your Imposter Syndrome?

If your answer to this question is yes, you can rest assured you’re not alone hun. There are many reasons why working from home during the pandemic can intensify Imposter Syndrome:

Working from home can make us feel isolated from our colleagues and can have an effect on team dynamics. It makes it more difficult to bounce ideas off one another and form friendships. Especially if you have started a new role or position during the pandemic.

Inner Critic

Lockdown naturally intensifies anxieties in some of us and also make it a struggle to feel motivated at all times. It also gives us more time by ourselves, meaning more time to listen to our inner critic.


Not everyone has the best work from home environments; some have children running around in the background, others are sharing their communal spaces with other housemates working from home. Therefore, some of us don’t have the work environment that we need to focus on our work and can sometimes feel embarrassed by our surrounding when in video meetings.

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Recognising I.S in yourself

I mean, if you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you already suspect you have Imposter Syndrome but it’s important to remind ourselves what Imposter Syndrome feels like, so that we can recognise when we are feeling it and do something about it before it becomes too overwhelming.

Look out for the following feelings:

  1. ‘I’m awful at my job and someone’s going to find out soon’
  2. ‘I’m only here because I got lucky’
  3. ‘I must finish this today, I can’t ask for help because my colleagues will judge me’
  4. ‘I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m so out of my depth’
  5. ‘I need to change career, I’m no good at this’
  6. ‘I only got this job because I new someone who worked here’
  7. ‘Anyone can do this, I only managed to do it because it was easy’
  8. ‘I’m going to get fired’

Recognizing I.S. in your colleagues

As Imposter Syndrome is something that a lot of people suffer from. It is likely that some of your colleagues may be feeling the same way, therefore, it’s important that us huns look out for one another.

Here’s a few things to look out for:

  1. Big one for working from home: keeping their camera off
  2. They are more reserved and quieter than usual
  3. They’re overly apologetic and generally putting themselves down
  4. They seem to over-explaining why they are doing something in a specific way.
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Coping Mechanisms

  1. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Whether that’s your boss or a close colleague, don’t suffer in silence.
  2. Separate feelings from fact. Just because you feel inadequate doesn’t mean that you are.
  3. Consider why you might be feeling this way. Perhaps it’s related to circumstances out of your control: a new job, a different environment (working from home).
  4. Focus on the positives instead of the negatives: It’s natural for us to focus on what we didn’t do but what try to focus on all the things we did achieve.
  5. Following on from this, ask yourself the right questions. If you start to notice yourself saying that you can’t do something, instead, start asking yourself ‘How can I achieve this?’ or ‘What tools do I need to make this easier to digest?’.
  6. Don’t be afraid of failure: Failure is an important part of success, embrace it rather than resisting it. Ask yourself ‘What could you do differently next time?’
  7. Avoid comparing yourself to others… Just don’t do it hun! You are your own incredible self, you are one of a kind – why compare yourself to anyone else? ❤️
  8. Set yourself manageable goals: Have both long and short term goals which you would be proud to achieve. Don’t forget to remind yourself and reward yourself when these are met.
  9. Practice self-affirmations. This is a great way to help with anxiety and depression also. Win-win.

If you could relate to this article and looking for more, we’ve got some incredible remote working top tips. Perhaps you need to remind yourself of just how great you truly are with our celebrate self love article.

You’ve got this chick ❤️

Love Nonchalant xx

Elle Whaley
Elle Whaley

As well as being a Creative Writer for Nonchalant Magazine, Elle’s also a Software Developer, based in London. So when she’s not writing content for us, you’ll probably find her writing code… Or at the pub. Probably the pub.

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