Yanking-Hair-OutWhen you think of a perfectionist, someone who has high standards and is detail oriented comes to mind. But as a top recruiting firm in Tempe, PrideStaff knows that despite these positive attributes, a perfectionist can also be incredibly difficult to manage.

Why? There are a variety of reasons. But one of the main ones is that they are oftentimes frozen by their perfectionism. They are unable to wrap up a project or make a final decision for fear of it not being absolutely, 100% perfect. Likewise, they have difficulty just “rolling with the punches” and can be tough to work alongside as a result.

That said, perfectionists can also lend tremendous value to your team. So how do harness the positives of perfectionism while conquering the negatives? Here are some tips to help you:

Look at the Plus Side
While managing a perfectionist can be frustrating at times, there are also many positives. For instance, perfectionists typically raise the bar for the whole team. When other co-workers know a perfectionist will be involved in the project or reviewing their work, they’ll be more thoughtful and meticulous about what they produce. The end results are higher standards – and a higher quality product.

Also, in today’s world, so many employees are disengaged. But perfectionists are usually quite the opposite. They care passionately about performing to the best of their ability and will almost always go the extra mile to do so. 

Put Them in the Right Positions
Perfectionists aren’t great at delegating. They often think they can do the job better themselves. They’re also typically more critical and impatient with others. Therefore, a leadership role may not be the best fit for them. Instead, put them in positions where being detail oriented and meticulous serves both you and them well.

Be Clear About Your Expectations
Without proper direction, perfectionists will often set unrealistic expectations for themselves, turning the smallest project or task into the biggest undertaking. So let them know ahead of time what you expect. Sometimes you want a full report and other times you simply want a quick outline. But by being clear from the start, they won’t waste their time doing work that you don’t think is important.

Collaborate With Them
Perfectionists often don’t like to share their work with managers until it’s completed. They fear that if you view a draft, you’ll think it’s the best they can do.  But the risk of this is that they can go full speed ahead in the wrong direction.

Instead, encourage them to share work-in-progress with you. Also, to calm their fears, be clear that you understand it isn’t the final product.

Need More Help Hiring & Managing Great Employees?
Let PrideSatff know. As a top recruiting firm in Tempe, we can take the hassle out of the hiring process for you. We can also help you implement proven strategies that will enable you to retain and motivate your top-level talent.

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