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To err is human: Fear of failure at work

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Wonder what your organization’s staff is stressing over? For 28% of employees in a new Accountemps survey, it’s making a mistake at work.

The survey found that employees fear screwing up on the job more than dealing with difficult customers, conflict with managers, speaking in front of a group or fighting with co-workers.

Sure, fear of occupational failure may lead workers to take care to improve job performance and avoid mistakes. But too much worry can undermine employees’ confidence and cause them to avoid even simple risks like offering new ideas. Fear of making mistakes can even hold employees back in their careers, notes Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career for Dummies.

Tip: Help timid workers navigate anxiety-inducing workplace situations. Offer training on how to manage projects, set priorities, ask for help from managers, tap mentors and even make friends at work.

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