As a growing proportion of the workforce returns to the office, there are fears that more people will once again begin to suffer the psychological effects of imposter syndrome.
Studies have shown that over three-quarters of all UK adults experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives, with office workers among the most likely sufferers. Imposter syndrome is essentially an irrational fear of being ‘found out’ or exposed as a fraud by colleagues despite evidence to the contrary.
Common signs of imposter syndrome include:
In 2020, a study by the University of Nottingham found that working from home can mitigate these feelings, with the research reporting a 75% decline in feelings of imposter syndrome compared to the previous year. A return to the office could therefore see the problem flare up again for many workers.
HR experts, however, have put forward a number of strategies to help people overcome imposter syndrome: