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Scheller College Ph.D. candidates Amy Breidenthal and Dana Harari (pictured) recently researched the performance of perfectionists at work.
Scheller College Ph.D. candidates Amy Breidenthal and Dana Harari (pictured) recently researched the performance of perfectionists at work.

Scheller College Ph.D. Candidates Answer: Are Perfectionists Better Performers at Work?

Scheller College of Business Ph.D. candidates Amy Breidenthal and Dana Harari recently researched the performance of perfectionists in the workplace. Utilizing four decades of study (which included nearly 25,000 working-age individuals) to determine if self-proclaimed "perfectionists" are better performers at work, they found that perfectionism is a much bigger weakness than employers and employees probably assume.

Their results – published in Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Applied Psychology – find that while perfectionists are generally more motivated on the job and can be more engaged at work, they also exhibit numerous “detrimental” work and non-work outcomes, including higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Read the Harvard Business Review article: “The Pros and Cons of Perfectionism, According to Research.

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