Third of employees feel not qualified for job

A third of UK workers (33 per rcent) don’t feel qualified for their current job and more than half (53 percent) don’t think their co-worker is either.

That is according to the ‘Fake It Til’ You Make It’ survey report released today by Docebo. The report surveyed 1,200 employed adults in both the UK and U.S. (2,400 total) to understand how confident and qualified they feel in their current roles and how on-the-job training affects their wellbeing at work.

One in three (33 percent) UK employees don’t feel qualified for their current jobs, with 32 percent fearing that their boss or colleagues think the same about them. These fears impact workers’ wellbeing at work, with one in four (23 percent) fearing they may be let go from their job at least once a month because of their lack of skills.

Reflecting the fear of being ‘found out’, 40 percent of people would search the internet for help when they don’t know how to complete a task at work rather than ask a colleague. UK workers also have little faith in their colleagues’ performance, with more than half (53 percent) saying they have a colleague who isn’t qualified for their job.

The report uncovered that businesses may be able to allay these concerns among workers, while also improving morale. In fact, 59 percent of employees say the availability of workplace learning is important to their happiness at work.

Indeed, more than a third (38 percent) of UK workers would quit a job due to a lack of training. This is even higher for younger workers, with 55 percent of millennials (respondents born after 1980) likely to leave a job without good learning opportunities. However, more than a third (38 percent) of UK workers say their employer’s training programme is out-of-date and doesn’t meet their expectations.

Claudio Erba, CEO of Docebo, said,

Training tools simply aren’t keeping up with the needs of today’s digital workforce and it’s impacting how they are able to build their careers and find happiness in the workplace”

To ensure employees thrive, companies need to implement training tools that match the ease, personalisation and interactivity of platforms like Google and YouTube. This not only helps the workforce to feel more empowered, but will also create new opportunities for a business to evolve the types of roles and tasks its employees take on.

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