How to work with a perfectionist

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

The perfectionist and teamwork

One of the biggest problems that perfectionists face in their lives is finding that they have to work with others.

The main problem arises when the perfectionist starts to compare the quality of work that his peers do to his own quality of work according to his own standards.

Because a perfectionist is hardly satisfied with anything both him and the people whom he works with suffer. In this article i will tell you how to work with a perfectionist and how to give up perfectionism if you were one yourself.

Working with the perfectionist

The best thing you can do when working with a perfectionist on a project is to be equip yourself with solid facts about the thing you are doing so that you can present him with them as soon as he asks for changes.

The second thing you can do while working with a perfectionist is to try to convince him that a certain quality of work is needed for that task and that any attempt to improve the quality above a certain level will only result in waste of time.

If you are a perfectionist then you must understand this well

Perfectionism ruins self confidence as a result of forcing the person to set standards that he can hardly achieve.

If you are a perfectionist then you must understand that making mistakes, doing imperfect things and losing few marks in an exam are normal actions that all humans do.

If you failed to understand this concept then each mistake you make will lower your self esteem a bit more until you will completely lose your self confidence.

What to do when your boss is a perfectionist

If your boss is a perfectionist then you might find yourself forced to do many tasks that doesn't really contribute to the success of the company but that pleases your boss.

If there is any chance you can confront your boss without causing problems then do it. Tell him that as long as the job is getting done correctly then there is no need to look at the very tiny details that won't make any difference.

Remind him that your job is to get things done correctly accordion to your contract and not according to tight standards that doesn't affect the end result.

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