A Pitman Training survey has highlighted the hidden reason you might be struggling to promote yourself in the workplace.
You're quite possibly too British, old chap.
As you can see in Pitman's "Britishness in the Workplace" graphic, the odds are uncomfortably high that you're too modest, not showing enough self-confidence and unlikely to ask for an award or promotion (even when you should).
It gets especially bad the younger you are and if you're female.
So the ‘stiff upper lip’ still exists in modern British workplaces and it seems to be unfairly influencing workers espousing traditional British values of modesty and self-deprecation.
• 37% of Brits surveyed admitted to having left an achievement out of their CV
• 19% of those asked would never self-promote in a workplace
• 17% of Brits would never ask for a promotion.
Since there are nearly 30 million people in the workforce, that means there are literally millions of people afflicted with these career-crippling problems.
Are you ...
Waiting for your boss or your colleagues to deem you worthy of a new project or promotion at work?
Genuinely believing that change is scary?
Not taking pride in your appearance and hoping not to get noticed?
Also, if you're constantly hiding or stifling your feelings, they're likely to show up physically. Do you feel anxious or overwhelmed by what you have to do at work?
If so, these kinds of disappointments and frustrations often appear as back, neck, shoulder or head pain. You'll feel unusually tired all the time. Your sleep will be disrupted too.
And as I've pointed out already, this is far more likely to be happening if you're part of a younger generation and female.
Claire Lister, MD at Pitman Training Group has commented: “For people who are not comfortable recognising their achievements there is a direct correlation between lack of progression and lack of fulfilment. It’s important for us to encourage the younger generation to be proud and not prudish when it comes to highlighting their impact in the workplace”.
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