The need to strive for perfection often begins during childhood, when you are told that nothing is impossible. In some cases, this might be true. However, obsessively chasing after goals that might be realistically out of your reach or that are unnecessary can lead to a lifetime of frustration and self-loathing. Not only can it lead to personal frustration, it can also aggravate the people around you as well.


Your co-workers might not be impressed by your over-eagerness

Being a perfectionist at work is not always seen at as a positive characteristic –especially by your co-workers. They might find you to be annoying and difficult to work with.

Occasionally, you’ll find yourself frustrated when things are not done the way you expect them to be. As a result, you will find it difficult to work with your co-workers simply because they don’t meet your expectations. Teaching them to do things your way, the “correct way”, won’t help you or them either.

Having your co-workers dislike you for something that you might not perceive as a problem can lead to conflict between you and the people you work with.

The longer road doesn’t necessarily lead to perfection

Perfectionists, ironically, tend to be procrastinators. Their desire for everything to be completed to perfection usually means that an assignment will be worked on until the last minute before its deadline, leaving less time for other assignments. Those assignments, in turn, will require more time to be completed to satisfaction.

Going the long way to get everything done perfectly and creating far more work than is necessary can be a potential waste of time. This will not only slow down the company’s progress, but infuriate co-workers as well.

Perfectionism can act as a trigger for stress

Constantly second-guessing your work and questioning whether it is perfect or not might cause you to develop stress and anxiety issues to the point where you might dislike your job. This will then make it difficult for you to get out of bed in the morning to go to work, which might lead to a consistent pattern of arriving late to the office.

However, even if you find that you are achieving perfection with your work and it isn’t causing you stress, you will want to be consistently recognized for the outstanding work that you are doing. If you don’t receive the constant recognition and praise you think you deserve, you’ll feel discouraged, frustrated and unappreciated.

If you feel that your drive for perfection is beginning to trouble you, you will have to ask yourself; is the price that you pay for success worth it? Do not ignore that it might be affecting your physical and mental health, your job and your personal life.

You spend roughly half of the waking hours of each weekday at work. Ensuring that this environment is comfortable is not only necessary for building healthy professional relationships with your co-workers, but for your own well-being as well.


L. Ghafoor | DBPC

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