A new study that surveyed 2,000 British professionals has found that only half (51.9%) of catering professionals feel confident about their career prospects.
The study, carried out by CV-Library, also found that while 74.1% of catering workers felt confident about finding a job, a staggering 64% of them didn’t feel confident enough to apply for one.
What’s more, the survey revealed that a lack of confidence has prevented professionals in the catering industry from achieving the following:
- Asking for a pay rise (44%)
- Asking for a promotion (28%)
- Building relationships out of the workplace (32%)
- Building relationships in the workplace (28%)
“Confidence is such an important asset in all areas of life, but particularly so in the workplace,” says Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library. “After all, when employees feel there is no direction to their careers or don’t have clear goals to work towards, it can stifle productivity, diminish job satisfaction and ultimately, impact your bottom line as you struggle to retain experienced members of staff.
“Seeing as work is such a huge part of people’s lives, it’s imperative that businesses find a way to address these issues. Perhaps start by formalising a mandatory annual or quarterly review process – this can open the lines of communication about employee career progression and get the ball rolling for bigger conversations such as a promotion or pay rise.”