How to Boost Employee Confidence

Most likely, the more confident your employees feel, the more likely they are going to do good work for you. If you have an employee who lacks in self-confidence they may constantly question their work. No matter how skilled or intelligent this employee may be, if they aren't feeling confident in themselves they are less likely to succeed within your company. Our HR consulting firm is here to give you a few ways to help boost your employees' confidence.

How to Boost Employee Confidence

1. Be mindful when you are assigning a new task.

When you are asking an employee who clearly lacks the self-confidence to accomplish a new task, try taking a different approach. For example, instead of saying, "I need you to put a schedule together of all of the events the company has coming up," try saying "Jenny, you are the most organized person we have on this team, so I'd like you to be the one who develops our company event schedule this year." Changing the way you present the task and doing so in a more positive manner can help instill confidence in the employee.

2. Be respectful and aware of what's going on.

Make sure your employee feels respected and like a major part of the team. If they feel micromanaged, it's very likely they are doubting themselves. You can usually tell that an employee is lacking self-confidence by certain verbal cues they may give or body language they may be exhibiting. Be aware of those cues. For example, if an employee is constantly saying things like, "Well, I don't know, what do you think" or  they can't make eye contact with you when talking, those could be signs to watch out for.

3. Don't underestimate the power of compliments.

Employees like to feel appreciated, so when they do a good job, tell them. Showing gratitude and letting your employee know how important they are can really instill the confidence they need to keep doing a good job for you.

4. Encourage positive behavior among your employees.

A positive work environment can help improve employee confidence all around. If you encourage all employees to thank one another and compliment each other, then you are setting a good example and encouraging confidence to be spread among everyone.

"Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing I can do as a leader. Because then they will act." - Jack Welch

5. Reward your employees when they do a good job.

How long has it been since you gave your employees a raise or extra vacation days? Have you ever? If you feel like an employee is constantly exceeding expectations, then why wouldn't you reward them? Rewards can instill confidence and motivate your employees to work even harder for you.

6. If you know an employee is good at a specific task, have them teach others.

If you know an employee is very talented at certain tasks, but they are still doubting themselves for some reason, ask them to teach others. If you, as the manager, ask them to teach others, you could be instilling more confidence than you realize. Doing this can show the employee that you trust them because you know they do a great job.

Kmet Consulting: Our Job is to Understand Your Business

In order to better understand your business, we need to understand your employees. Having a good, successful team that knows how to work together, usually means having a confident team. If you have one or more employees on your team who have the skills needed but are just struggling to feel confident in themselves, help them. Helping them can help you and your business. If you need HR help in this area, don't be afraid to ask for it. We consider ourselves not just consultants, but members of your team. Our aim is to develop a collaborative environment where we work together toward the same goal. Call Kmet Consulting today for the HR help you deserve.



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