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The Curse of Perfectionism: Why It Hinders Workplace Productivity 

  • Perfectionism can be a hindrance to workplace productivity, as employees who focus too much on making things perfect waste time and miss deadlines.
  • The pursuit of perfection is driven by a fear of failure and can lead to negative personal consequences such as stress, burnout, and sickness.
  • Leaders can help their teams focus on meaningful work by setting clear expectations on individual projects and utilizing the 20:80 rule (Pareto Principle).
  • Leaders should also model behaviors of self-acceptance and share stories from times when they have failed.
  • Reducing the emphasis on perfectionism can improve employee performance, satisfaction, and overall wellbeing in the workplace.

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