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The Downside of Being Good at Work

We all want to put our best foot forward and make a mark at what we do in life. When it comes to job, something you’re passionate about, it is no different. But while efficiency is what makes a perfect employee, this perfection comes at a price; there sure is a downside to it.

Perfect Employee

The perfect employees exercise good amount of self control. This is what makes them better achievers than the rest. They’re better at goal pursuits, their work ethic, is what increases their chances to get in partnerships. Their organized lifestyle and cautious thinking enables them to be financially better than their fellow spontaneous colleagues. They are in true sense a Type A personality, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, impatient, pro-active, and concerned with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics”.


But this perfection is what ultimately becomes their weakness. They end up being burdened by their own competence. They might seem efficient on the surface, but their mental and psychological health, suffers burnout.

Employee Burnout

It is nice to be dependent upon, to be perceived as a valuable asset to the company, but this dependency, comes with a lot of expectations. They tend to get assigned more work. It’s not any easier for them to do work than others; they just find better ways to go around the same task. While this is a great quality in theory, but pragmatically, bosses underestimate how much effort perfectionists are putting in the job, and further, their reward is — a burden.

This high self control makes them feel heavier in comparison to their colleagues, who make their work, part of their lives, and not their entire being. The sacrifices they make for their co-workers come at the expense of their goals. They are doing double the amount of work for the same digits. Reliability drains them.

That doesn’t mean that the go-getters should stop being go-getters, their reliability, trustworthiness, good nature is what makes an important part of their personalities. The aspect that needs change is the attitude of employers towards them. While in the short run, it may seem lucrative to get work done by perfectionists like these, but in the long run, they’ll probably be dissatisfied with the work and quit after a burnout. They need to understand that while go-getters never quit, they also soon get pushed on the edge. They should never be taken for granted. It is very crucial to appreciate their efforts which have probably been underestimated. They should feel a return of effort they’re putting in.

It needs not to be forgotten, that work relationship is a two way street. If employer is making an effort, so should the perfect employee. Often being the first choice is exciting, but it diminishes the learning curve, in other words, being the favorite easily goes to head. These type A’s can be avert to criticism, even if it is constructive. When this delusion of grandeur comes into play it affects career growth. Believing you’re extremely talented can be an obstacle in the workplace. Not only does it alienate you from the rest of your team, but it can also lead you to thinking, and acting on the idea, that you don’t need a boss. In fact, you may start to assume your current one’s just a nuisance, who doesn’t understand you, or values your input. The feedback just seems like an unnecessary suggestion and this might shut you off from any optimism in the workplace. This leads to even basic assignments, get back and forth, because your ego is too much to go about correcting your work.

If you think that’s the case, take out a clean slate. Stay open to criticism. Instead of questioning just to put across your point, question, so you sincerely understand why a thing should be done in a certain way.

The extremely talented need as much attention as those who are not able to catch up with work. Both have equal risk of going astray if not recognized for their work. A good boss understands how every employee is different and needs to be dealt with accordingly so workplace can have harmony and optimism.




Digital Marketing Specialist: Digital Marketing Training & Consulting: Project Simulation Workshops: Assistant Professor

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Jyoti Swaroop Mohanty

Jyoti Swaroop Mohanty

Digital Marketing Specialist: Digital Marketing Training & Consulting: Project Simulation Workshops: Assistant Professor

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