If you are confident at work, you will be happy to express
your ideas and opinions. You will know that you can do your
job and do it well. You will be able to deal with those both
above and below you in the work hierarchy in an efficient
and pleasant way to achieve what you want to achieve.
If you tackle your work confidently, feeling you can ask for
help where you need it, the chances are that you will do
your work better than if you lacked confidence, so sometimes
building your confidence at work is about letting yourself
open up about the things you don’t know how to do so well.
However, workplaces can be somewhat daunting, so it can be
difficult to be more confident at work. That is, of course,
unless you read this article. Below are 10 ways to be more
confident at work that anyone can practice.
1. Know what you need from other people
This comes into play in several aspects of being more
confident at work. First, no-one knows everything, so don’t
be afraid to ask for help. We will return to that point later.
Second, you can’t expect other people to give you what you
want from them. You need to be honest with yourself about
what you want people to do, and state that clearly. That
way, you can expect your co-workers to give it to you.
2. No-one knows everything
This is linked to point #1.
Remember that the people who gave you your job were
confident in your abilities or they would never have hired
you. Take the chance to regularly upgrade your skills and
you should be able to approach any tasks with ability and
It isn’t a sign of weakness to admit that you don’t know
something. Far from it; it shows real strength that you take
the steps to plug the gaps in your knowledge rather than
ignoring them, or worse, denying them.
The more you learn, the more confident you can become. It
also shows respect for your co-workers that you would ask
them for information or their opinions.
That takes us on to the next point:
3. Foster good relationships with your co-workers
Part of having confidence is in knowing that people support
you and agree with you. If you know that your co-workers are
going to listen to you and respect your ideas, you can feel
a lot more confident at work.
If you want your co-workers to listen to you and respect
you, then you will need to listen to them and respect what
they say too. Building up good relationships in this way
makes any dealings with your co-workers easier so you can
approach them more confidently.
If you appear confident, the people who work with you will
in turn be more confident in your abilities.
4. Be clear about task demands
You can only approach a piece of work confidently if you
know what you have got to do. If you take the time and
effort to find out exactly what is required of you in any
particular task, you can approach it more confidently.
You can learn anything new that you need to learn; you can
delegate tasks to a co-worker who may be better at that
particular aspect of the work than you; that way, you can
facilitate teamwork much more confidently.
5. Communicate clearly and with authority
Your communication shows your confidence, and it also
illustrates how confidence can be a self-fulfilling
prophecy. If you can speak your mind confidently, and
clearly say what you mean, people will understand you much
That usually means that they will act appropriately upon
what you tell them. That gives you affirmation and so your
6. See questions as positive
If you are sure about what you want to say, and can
communicate clearly, you should be able to welcome questions
from your co-workers. You know what you’re doing so these
questions are no threat to you. Approached positively,
questions can really help you.
It isn’t our responsibility, other than to communicate
clearly, to check that everything you say has absolutely
been understood by everyone. Your co-workers share the
responsibility, so relax. If you encourage questions, they
will tell you if something isn’t clear.
It isn’t necessary to apportion blame if misunderstandings
arise. Without blaming anyone, if you encourage questions,
you will give people space to seek clarification and your
communication can be smooth once more, again reinforcing
7. Remember that other people may be nervous too
When you lack confidence at work, don’t think you’re alone
in that. Everyone has certain situations where they are
unsure of their abilities and don’t quite know what to do.
Once you stop seeing other people as a threat and realize
that they are exactly like you, the more confident you will
feel in dealing with them at work.
You could even admit to others around you that you are
nervous. Something like ‘I’m a bit nervous about this
meeting, are you?’ would nicely break the ice and you will
probably find that people not only share your nervousness,
but that some have some really useful advice to share too.
Body language speaks volumes. Smiling makes you appear
confident and relaxed. Everyone knows that, but did you also
know that smiling can positively affect how you’re feeling
too? Try it, next time you are feeling nervous. Smile and
feel your mood lifts as you start to think happy thoughts.
9. Remember that it’s OK to make mistakes
You are more than the job that you do. Within your life, you
fulfil many roles and succeed at many things. Just because
you may have made an error with something at work does not
mean that you are a stupid, worthless person. It doesn’t
even mean that you shouldn’t be doing the job that you’re
Mistakes are not a refection of your personality. They just
mean that you are human. Very few mistakes can’t be undone.
Almost every time, you can put right any mistakes that you
make, pretty easily, even if you need some help, and no real
harm will be done.
10. Challenge yourself
You can really boost your confidence at work by taking on
special projects. If you have a choice about the projects
you tackle, pick something that you feel very strongly
about. That will give you chance to show your bosses, your
co-workers and yourself what you’re really capable of.
If you utilize these ten tips in your everyday working life,
you should soon feel that you can be more confident at work.
You will know what you are capable of and have rid yourself
of the fear of taking risks, because you know your bosses
and co-workers appreciate what you do and respect your
You don’t need to be able to do everything; no-one can. But
with confidence you will happily bring in other people to
help you where you need to.
You will be better able to do your work and communicate with
others. Approaching your work with confidence will help your
work go well so you benefit from a self-fulfilling prophecy
and so your confidence at work increases.