Confidence is a choice

Confidence is a choice

How Confident are you?

How Confident are you?

You may believe that you’re born with either high or low confidence and that you are stuck with it. However scientific research [1] has shown that an individual’s level of confidence is determined by more than one factor:

  • Over 25% is due to nature ( inherited in our genes)
  • Nurture ( from our upbringing, friends and society) is responsible for approximately 25% as well
  • This means that upto 50% of our confidence level is down to choice

New scientific research into Neuroplasticity has also shown that we can literally change our brains in ways that affect our thoughts and behaviours. This means that again a large part of our confidence is our choice.

We can choose to:

  • Take action rather than just think about it
  • Be positive
  • Acquire skills such as assertiveness
  • To be true to ourselves and trust our strengths and values

This means that your employees could choose to build their confidence levels, if they only knew they had the choice and could be shown the skills to do it.

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[1] Robert Plomin, Kings College London

What are the benefits for businesses?

shutterstock_217030849Building an employees confidence will help reduce their levels of stress and anxiety and other mental health issues, which also has a knock on effect to musculoskeletal problems. As these are some of the main causes of long term sickness and staff dissatisfaction, by improving confidence you will also see changes in the following personnel measures:

Reduced absence levels
Increased retention and lower turnover rates
Improved staff satisfaction
The financial effects of these measures on a business have been detailed in two papers[3] which state that:

71% of firms say “turnover of employees has a negative effect on the organisations performance”
The average cost of replacing an employee is £4800 and a manager £7000
The average cost of absence per employee was £975 in 2012
30% of working time lost is due to long term illness such as mental health conditions and back pain
22% is due to personal problems such as drink, drugs and relationship issues
12% is due to non genuine sickness absence
An investment in any one of my confidence coaching programs will lead to a financial gain from:

Staff having the techniques and belief to be able to build their confidence, which leads to improved performance for them and also for the business
Lowering absence levels and improving staff retention, make savings in costs

My programmes cover general confidence building, specific individual confidence and return to work. click here to read more

[3]The CIPD survey of Recruitment, Retention and Turnover (2004) and the QBE Whitepaper on The Cost of Absence