Do you introduce yourself as a ‘perfectionist’ in a job interview and also mention it as your strength? Do you always prefer to go a step ahead to achieve perfection in every task you do at work and take pride in it? A research suggests that being a perfectionist at work might not prove to be a healthy trait and it takes a toll on your professional as well as your personal life. So what is this new research all about?
Brian Swinder from the University of Florida together with researchers from Miami University and Georgia Institute of Technology analysed four decades of studies on this subject and discovered that this constant pursuit to achieve perfectionism everywhere might actually be an employee’s weakness. According to the research, being a perfectionist surely has its own flaws. They are always striving hard to give more than 100 percent to their work, have higher levels of motivation and consciousness. Therefore, it goes without saying that their managers can expect flawless work and count on them whenever anything goes upside down.
But the research carved out that perfectionists are more likely to set a rigid and too high standards for themselves. Their perspective of work is over-critical they tend to hold an all-or-nothing mindset about their performance. While the study indicated that perfectionism is connected to a high level of engagement and motivational levels, it has its own affect to mental health and wellbeing. “Perfectionists don’t enjoy their achievements but focus on what they haven’t achieved, and this is problematic,” opined one of the researchers.
Quite astonishingly, the research also indicated that an employee’s perfectionism might have no influence on his or her professional success. “Whereas a few of the correlates indicate that perfectionism may be beneficial for employees and organizations (i.e., motivation, engagement), the equivocality of the perfectionism-performance relationship coupled with the consistent negative relationships between perfectionism and mental well-being indicators provides compelling evidence regarding the net detrimental effect of perfectionism for employees and organizations,” the researcher stated.