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What is Imposter syndrome, 63% of Indian workforce suffering from?

Ground Report | New Delhi: A new LinkedIn research released on Tuesday, after two stressful years of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 7 in 10 (71%) professionals question their competence at work more now than before the pandemic, with 63 percent claiming to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome.’

The research revealed that India’s workforce is optimistic about the future of work and 82% of the respondents are considering changing their jobs in 2022. Additionally, 86% of professionals in India are confident about the strength of their professional networks as they enter into the new year looking for new job opportunities. They also believe that their job roles, careers, and overall job availability could get better in 2022.

The new job-seeker research mentioned that the Great Reshuffle in India is being led by freshers with up to 1 year of work experience (94%) and Gen Z professionals (87%), who are more likely to consider changing jobs in 2022.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome, also called perceived fraudulence, involves feelings of self-doubt and personal incompetence that persist despite your education, experience, and accomplishments. To counter these feelings, you might end up working harder and holding yourself to ever higher standards.

According to the report, self-doubt seems to be a byproduct of working in isolation for nearly two years as 33 percent of professionals say the pandemic has negatively impacted their confidence at work.

The findings showed that lack of face-to-face support from supervisors and peers (40 percent), having to take on new responsibilities (34 percent), and having to use more technology (31 percent) are the top three work stressors for professionals in India. Amid the stress, more than 8 in 10 Indian professionals are considering a job change this year and flexible working arrangements are their top-most priority.

Ankit Vengurlekar, India Managing Editor, LinkedIn News, in the report said, “The pandemic has spurred people to rethink their careers and look for new job opportunities to meet their renewed purpose and priorities in life.”

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