Men are 10% less likely to speak to someone about their Imposter Syndrome when compared to women.
Searches for ‘Imposter Syndrome’ have increased 254% over the last five years and new research from online career and mentoring platform PushFar has found that nearly half of British men (45%) have experienced imposter syndrome within the workplace.
Over two fifths of men attribute starting a new job as their biggest cause of self-doubt, while having to do something such as public speaking or presenting brought on Imposter Syndrome in over a third. This was followed closely by being promoted into a new role (32.3%) and applying for a new job (30.3%).
Compared to women, men are 10% less likely to confide in someone when struggling with Imposter Syndrome, with nearly a quarter of men (24.6%) suffering in silence.
Ed Johnson, CEO of PushFar said, “I was shocked to see that nearly half of British men have struggled with Imposter Syndrome within the workplace. It was even more concerning to see how many of them suffer in silence. It really speaks volumes to the crisis of confidence our country is facing.”
The research looked at professionals across a whole range of industries including: financial, charity sector, engineering, healthcare, sports, law, construction, teaching amongst others.
Interestingly, the data found that whilst being promoted into a new role caused panic, actually applying for the promotion itself only saw just under a quarter of men (24.1%) experiencing Imposter Syndrome.
A recent white paper by PushFar titled, The State of Coaching and Mentoring stated that nine out of ten workers with a mentor feel happier and more confident in their careers.
Johnson continues, “Our latest white paper really showcased how mentoring can help empower people and build confidence, and as such I’d encourage people at all levels to consider turning to a mentor or become a mentor themselves.”