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Sunday Scaries and Imposter Syndrome Plague Many Employees

September 15, 2022

By Heather Nezich, courtesy of SBAM Approved Partner ASE

In isolved’s second-annual “Voice of the Workforce” survey, 50% of respondents admitted to getting the “Sunday Scaries” before returning to work after time off while another 40% indicated they struggle with “Imposter Syndrome.”

“Unchecked, Imposter Syndrome and work-induced anxiety can lead to greater employee disengagement, productivity and profit loss, and turnover,” said Amy Mosher, Chief People Officer at isolved. “Inner conflict—does my employer care about me, am I making the right career decisions, can I balance life and work—is a top reason for workforce-changing trends like quiet quitting. Employees need support through continuous listening, for example via pulse surveys, constant learning opportunities, and meaningful connections with their managers including regular check-ins, to be committed and confident.”

When employees were asked how leadership could help them overcome their Imposter Syndrome, they listed the following:

  • Regular check-ins with my supervisor – 52%
  • Ability to check my goals and performance – 44%
  • More autonomy within my role – 43%
  • Highlighting my accomplishments – 40%
  • Employee resource groups – 37%

Employee resource groups (ERGs) – are a great channel for creating a more inclusive and supportive working environment. According to the data, 59% of employers already offer this type of resource to their workforce. The most common support group that employees expect their employer to offer is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) group, followed by a women-specific group, mentorship group, and community impact group.

While flexible work is a great perk – and something that 40% of employees say helps their mental health – the top way employees want employers to support them is with paid mental health days. Despite this being the second year in a row that paid mental health days came in the top spot in their research, data reveals only 32% of employers offer this benefit.

The survey further uncovered that learning opportunities is what keeps employees most engaged, followed by team meetings. Unfortunately for many companies, there’s a learning gap which could impact employee retention and ultimately revenue. Over a third (36%) of respondents feel not having a learning management system, for example, for self-paced learning and career development is holding them back.

Download the full isolved Voice of the Workforce 2022-2023 report here.

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