Boosting employee self-esteem at work is a great way to overcome problems and keep employees "healthier" on the job.
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Experts say it is absolutely true that we can teach ourselves to become more confident and more comfortable with who we are.
How can you build employee confidence and self-esteem? Start by offering employees these tips for self-improvement:
- Stretch yourself. Learn a new skill. Knowing how to do something builds confidence. It also keeps you energized and engaged in the world around you. Try new styles and tactics. Try out new ideas. Join an exercise class, perhaps even drive to work a new way. It will give you a whole new outlook and prove that you can handle something new and different.
- Avoid procrastination. Procrastination zaps your self-esteem because your energy is drained thinking about things you haven't done and what the consequences could be. Instead of avoiding a task, do it! Not only will you stop focusing on something negative, you'll feel a true sense of accomplishment.
- Show interest in others. People love a good listener. And when you listen, you learn. What you learn may come in handy in the future. If you are respected in the office as a good leader, this in turn will boost your self-esteem and make you more confident.
- Develop good judgment. How? Determine if a given situation feels good or bad to you. Evaluate your reactions and consider why you're feeling that way. Learn to trust your own judgment, based on what's worked in the past. Having better judgment will in turn make you more confident in your actions.
- Learn from experience. Don't waste your time or energy on blaming others for problems or setbacks. Accept things as they are and move forward. Use the experience as a stepping off point for continued personal growth.
- Choose your battles wisely. Many things are truly worth fighting for, while others are just not. Don't spend valuable time battling for something that will accomplish little in the long run. Learn to recognize the difference within the boundaries of your job and your company.
- Be ready and willing to work hard. Tackling something new and different may require a little more time and dedication than your regular tasks. Realize that it's worth it to make that extra commitment in order to eventually achieve what you really want. Self-esteem and confidence are personal traits that take effort to achieve.
- Work-life balance enhances confidence. Set your limits. You still need balance in your life. Be sure to spend time with family and friends, treat yourself to a vacation, and have some fun. By avoiding work burnout, you'll maintain a positive attitude and project that attitude in everything you do.