It is important to first recognize how much of your workplace knows what impostor syndrome is. According to insights on a survey done by LeadMD, about three out of four people, regardless of gender, claim to be unaware of what impostor syndrome is. Surprising, as this has been a topic that’s come to the forefront of HR and L&D minds in recent years, especially with feminist movements, though it’s evident that both men and women can stand to learn a thing or two about identifying impostor syndrome – within themselves, and others.
As surprising as these results are, this only underscores that HR and L&D leaders should educate employees more on the matter and provide them with correct tools to identify and also avoid feeling like a phony.
Anyone can feel as though they have lost their way at any point in their career, no matter whether they’ve been working at the same company for 10 years or six months. However, some may be more prone to impostor syndrome than others. Depending on what sort of significance employees place on what they can contribute, as well as differing values or ways that people measure their own individual successes, ultimately determines how vulnerable a person may be to impostor syndrome.