According to the latest research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, most (58.1%) Brits worry about disappointing their manager at work, with one in three (36.1%) admitting that they rely on praise from their boss to help boost their confidence at work.
The study, which surveyed over 2,000 UK professionals, also reveals that the younger generation are most likely to worry about letting their boss down (83.3% of under 18s and 62.2% of 18-24 year olds), while only 53% of 55-64-year olds are concerned about this.
What’s more, three quarters (74.6%) of Brits worry about not doing a good job in general, while 52.7% fret about disappointing their colleagues. A further 65.3% of workers worry about letting their team down when they’re unwell.
Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library commented: “Business leaders and managers contribute massively to employee happiness in the workplace. But, while we all want to do a good job at work, it’s important that you don’t become solely responsible for your employees’ confidence.
“After all, it’s your responsibility to give employees both positive and negative feedback. Give credit where it’s due and offer constructive criticism to help your employees learn and develop. This is crucial if you want to boost your retention rates and make employees feel valued.”
Unsurprisingly, the study also reveals that two-thirds (64%) of professionals believe it’s important to be liked in the workplace. Indeed, a quarter (25.6%) admit that they often worry about not having any genuine friends in the office. Furthermore, over a third (36.3%) of women experience these anxieties, compared to just 16.3% of men.
Biggins continues: “It’s human nature to want to be liked and while it’s not your responsibility to forge friendships between employees, there are small steps you can take to help your teams build connections in the workplace.
“From regular social events, to buddy systems for new starters; your employees will enjoy work more if they have genuine friends. Plus, it can only improve your business in the long run.”