Only one thing counts for the perfectionist: a result that meets 100% of his expectations or those of his boss. Anything else is not acceptable. This sounds like the dream of every employer, but it is also a nightmare for many colleagues.

In each office, there are many different characters that meet regularly. This can go well and bring great co-operation, but also create problems. Employers who want to create a harmonizing team do well to find out which employee corresponds to which type. You, as an employee, can only benefit if you know how to take your colleagues – for example, if they have a pronounced tendency towards perfectionism.

The characteristics of the perfectionist

The main feature of perfectionist staff is obvious: they are perfectionist. This means that they always go to work with great care, zeal and correctness, and are only satisfied when the result is completely convincing. Perfectionists are very passionate and motivated employees who generally represent a significant gain for companies. In contrast to the self-proponent, the perfectionist is an employee who not only sings great speeches, but also delivers real results.

As good as the characteristics may have sounded to this point, the perfectionist also has some less pleasant qualities. This type of colleague is, for example, only conditionally team-capable. The reason for this is that since he always wants everything to be perfect; he would rather work on activities by himself, instead of assigning some tasks to his colleagues. Compromise is often misrepresenting. Another “disadvantage” of this type of office: its perfectionism knows no boundaries. The consequence is that the perfectionist tends to the perfect result even when this is not necessary at all. Do a task only half-heartedly? For the perfectionist, this is absolutely unthinkable. Even a result that can be described as “good” is out of the question for him. His tendency towards the absolute also ensures that the perfectionist is only critically critical in individual cases. This formulation was deliberately chosen with caution because it is a feature that does not apply to every perfectionist. There are also perfectionist colleagues, who have an open ear for the comments of the others – as long as they are constructive.

The perfectionist at a glance:

  1. Wants to do tasks not only well, but perfectly
  2. Is very ambitious, motivated and careful
  3. Only conditionally team and critical
  4. Little compromise
  5. Danger of wasting too much time on a less important task

How do I deal with the perfectionist?

In general, there is nothing to be done about the diligent and extremely correct functioning of the perfectionist. It becomes problematic only when perfectionism knows no boundaries and blocks the general workflow. If this is the case, it is high time to point out this colleague type explicitly and expressly that it is quite okay not always to deliver perfect results.

Important: Undertake this statement with arguments and show the perfectionist that it can or must go differently. One of the most important points is the immense amount of time, closely followed by the lack of teamwork. The goal should be to convince this office character that good to very good results are quite sufficient and it does not always have to be perfect. If the perfectionist struggles to act like this, it helps if you gradually structure the rethinking. It is quite beneficial if only one task per day is not completely marked by perfectionism. If this has become a habit, another can follow, etc.

A pinch of perfectionism does not hurt anyone. On the contrary: in each of us a small perfectionist should be stuck, which is now and then (well dosed) to the front. It is only important that perfectionism does not overpower us and that we spend too much time on a task.