Everyone feels self-conscious from time-to-time in the workplace. There are a million different reasons why people feel self-conscious, but the important question today is why you feel awkward in the workplace. The following questions are designed to help you figure out what triggers your sense of discomfort. Your answers to these questions will help you find solutions for yourself.
- One: Are you only self-conscious in the workplace? If the answer is yes, you have already narrowed the problem you have to solve.
- Two: When do you experience that uncomfortable feeling? Do you feel self-conscious in specific situations or all the time? The answer to this question will help you narrow the problem further, so that you can determine what you might need to do to change the atmosphere in which you work.
- Three: Do specific co-workers say or do anything that makes you feel awkward? If specific co-workers are actively making you feel uncomfortable, you need to identify the most productive way of bringing the problem either directly to the co-worker or to your boss. See our tips for how to handle confrontations.
- Four: Give yourself an honest self-appraisal and ask yourself whether you are the cause of your own discomfort. If you are honest with yourself, you will undoubtedly find you are a cause of part of the problem. See our tips for how to be taken seriously in the workplace.
- Five: Create a plan of action to create a more positive environment for yourself. Once you have identified the reasons for your feelings, formulate a plan to correct the problems, start taking action immediately, and enjoy your sense of empowerment.