Overconfidence can be extremely dangerous at the workplace. It often results in a person thinking he/she can complete a task that he/she does not actually have the skills or knowledge to complete safely and satisfactorily. It can also result in an employee giving less than his or her best effort on the job. Overconfident people often do not prepare properly for a situation or job, resulting in unsuccessful or unsafe work practices. Employers can help to reduce accidents caused by overconfidence by increasing awareness of the phenomenon. Lecturing, educating, monthly safety meetings, regular safety training, and providing prompt feedback to an overconfident person can help to prevent accidents caused by overconfidence at the workplace.

  1. Signs and Dangers of Overconfidence:
  • A person thinks he/she is smarter than he/she actually is.
  • A person thinks he/she knows every required step for the job and does not need to be trained.
  • A person does not use map or other tool (GPS) to drive to unfamiliar places.
  • Somebody attempt to do a job with no experience.
  • A person procrastinates on work and still considers the job satisfactory.
  • A person does not properly prepare, design, or analyze a job before beginning.
  • A person comes to work with the attitude of “it never happens to me.”