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71.5% of UK employees think their career has a negative impact on self-esteem

  20th March 2018      
 Accounting & Finance, Company News, Employment, Executive Search, Human Resources, IT & Software Solutions, Office & Commercial, Recruitment, Temps

71.5% of UK employees believe that their career has had a negative impact on their self-esteem, according to new research from CV-Library, with an additional 55.7% feeling that they put too much emphasis on the importance on their job.

The study surveyed 1,200 UK workers and explored the impact that searching for a job and work has on individual’s self-esteem. When asked what aspects of work make them feel unhappy about themselves, respondents of the survey gave the following responses:

  1. Not feeling skilled enough (42.5%)
  2. Making a silly mistake (38.3%)
  3. Being made redundant (30.9%)
  4. Being turned down for a promotion (28.1%)
  5. Not making it through probation (13.8%)

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:

“In a world where awareness around mental health and wellbeing is now more prevalent than ever, our latest findings shed some light on the true impact that work can have on employees’ self-esteem. As professionals, we always want to perform to the best of our abilities and there can often be incidents in the workplace that make us question our performance and goals.

“However, it’s important to remind your staff are only human and we cannot always predict what may happen throughout our careers. Providing constructive feedback after they’ve finished a task and having regular one-to-one catch-ups can go some way towards helping to build your employees’ confidence in the workplace.”

What’s more, the research found that 52.8% of professionals say that looking for a job has made them question their abilities. In fact, 38.3% say they felt this way when they were turned down for a job they really wanted and a further 32.6% when they’ve been ‘ignored’ by recruiters.

Biggins continues:

“Finding a job can be stressful and it’s only normal for job hunters to feel a little downhearted after a series of knockbacks. However, recruiters and hiring professionals can help to ease this blow by providing constructive feedback and advice to those who aren’t successful. Whether there’s interview tips, or advice on how they can perfect their CV, try to help candidates to make a positive change.”

The research also reveals that 61.1% of workers believe that work shouldn’t define your life, with 20.4% also stating that you shouldn’t compare yourself to others.

Biggins concludes:

“It’s easy for professionals to compare their career with those of their peers, especially when we see people posting positive updates about their work on social media. However, we are all on our own path to success and with a little determination, hard work and persistence, you’ll be able to your employees reach their goals in no time.”

If you are looking for a new job or would like advice about starting a new career or direction, talk to one of team on 01202 233777 who will be happy to talk through your options with you.

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