Perfectionism is tricky business when it comes to our careers.
For many of us, we credit our early workplace successes to our perfectionist approach. And that makes a lot of sense, because when we’re operating from a place of health, perfectionists are amazing colleagues. We are conscientious, organized, helpful, ethical, reliable – to name just a few of the positive qualities we bring to any team. Over time, as we are rewarded for these traits, our perfectionism may crowd out other approaches, and it can eventually become the approach we default to day-in and day-out.
When our perfectionism becomes the primary mode we operate from in our jobs, it can quickly become the thing that limits us in our careers. We can experience meaningful burnout, exhaustion and anxiety. We feel incredibly alone in our stress, often feeling like we can’t confide in others how messy and precarious everything feels underneath the surface. My research has shown that, for these reasons, perfectionists are 14% more burned out than their peers who don’t identify as perfectionists and are twice as likely to be considering a job change due to burnout.
Join me on Thursday, November 10th for an overview of what perfectionism looks like in the workplace, the many professional benefits of reducing perfectionist patterns, along with a discussion of approaches you can experiment with to take a first step in reducing perfectionism at work.