Agnes TeperAgnes Teper
Member since Dec 2022

    Hello Heather,

    Based on my experience, combining systematic approaches with individualized support, you can create a more comprehensive and effective program to support your team members. Here are some ideas:

    Mentorship Programs: Establish a mentorship program within the company, where experienced and empathetic employees or managers can mentor those who lack self-confidence. This one-on-one guidance can be invaluable in building self-assurance.

    Individual Coaching: Provide one-on-one coaching sessions for employees who need to improve their self-confidence. A mentor or coach can help them identify specific areas of improvement and work on strategies to overcome their self-doubt. You may consider bringing in external consultants or coaches who specialize in soft skills development or you may already have a leader who is an excellent coach.

    Soft Skills Workshops: Organize workshops or training sessions specifically focused on soft skills development, including confidence building, effective communication, and public speaking.

    Books: Research books that can help employees boost their self-confidence. Schedule a weekly check-in meeting to review their learnings, questions, and how they have utilized the skills. Some excellent choices include:
    – “The Confidence Code” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
    – “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown
    – “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers
    – “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain (for those who are shy about speaking up)

    Public Speaking and Toastmasters: Offer training in public speaking, as this can significantly boost confidence when presenting ideas in meetings. Alternatively, encourage participation in Toastmasters or public speaking clubs.

    Peer Support: Encourage employees to support each other in building confidence. Peer groups or networks can create a safe environment for sharing experiences and learning from each other.

    Recognition and Positive Reinforcement: Recognize and reward employees who show improvement in their self-confidence. Positive reinforcement can boost their self-esteem and motivation.

    Practice and Exposure: Encourage your employees to practice their soft skills and gain exposure by taking on small, manageable challenges that gradually build their confidence.

    Some employees may benefit from counselling or EAP program. There may be some underlying reasons for their lack of confidence. It might be specific experience, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, or other factors.

    Hope this helps.

    November 8, 2023 at 21:13