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Humans are not always very accurate. However, some people do not give room for errors. Perfectionism is the act of only accepting the best from anything. Perfectionists are therefore people who cannot accept anything but the best from whatever they are doing.
In perfectionism, all mistakes are eliminated and the output of work or product is just wonderful. Therefore, more details are given to bettering the end product to the fullest rather than just achieving a complete product or service. The advantages of perfectionism include:
1. The High quality achieved: Perfectionist always ensure high standards of output for clients and firms they are working for. As a result, there is an improvement of the end product or service. This is good in various fields of a career that may require delivering the best.
2. Ensures Polished end results: At most of the time, a perfectionist will always work early with the set guidelines. This ensures timely delivery of work, services or end products of high quality. Polished results will have an overall effect of profit if many clients are happy with it. Clients will also be happy with a firm that delivers the best in terms of quality.
3. Few future errors and maintenance of end product or service: With perfectionism, the clients at large will experience high-quality projects or services since perfectionism entails. The end product or project will need fewer fixes in the future since all detected flaws are corrected during the development process.
4. Creates neat organization: A staff who has the perfectionism trait will always work systematically in the firm. They will arrange their tools of work like documents as neatly as required. If all employees practice perfectionism, then it becomes a benefit to the entire firm.
5. Perfectionism encourages analytical skills: Perfectionism is usually more common to individuals who have enormous knowledge in a given field of work. Such individuals will always look and think deeper into the subject matter. Thus, this will always take advantage of the company.
6. Perfectionism hits hard on challenges: They always have to look for the best solution even when complex challenges are experienced. Hence, perfectionists are immovable by setbacks in their daily activities.
7. Focus is largely on Details: Most service providers and some people today just finish what is entitled to them so as to receive the payment. But in perfectionism, those who are involved are not usually in a rush to just deliver the product or service; but the focus is on quality.
8. Leads to efficiency: Perfectionist guarantee accuracy in the organization. Their neat work and accuracy contribute to the efficiency of the organization.
9. Helps in identifying mistakes: Perfectionist correct errors as they occur so as to reduce incomplete work.
10. Encourages innovation and invention: Due to much focus on details that can help improve a commodity or service, there is an invention of newer ways and equipment of performing tasks.
The demerits of perfectionism include:
1. Impacts fear for nothing: The trait of only expecting the best might force one to fall into useless fears that may not help. Perfectionist bothers themselves too much to accomplish higher standards.
2. May derail timeline schedules: Perfectionism involves avoiding the rush to just make anything but rather ensures fine details. Perfectionists take a lot of time trying to improve a commodity that is already in its good state.
3. May lead to bossiness: With perfectionism, the head of the department will always want the best from their employees. Therefore, juniors will be less disadvantaged for they must meet the requirement of their bosses.
4. A perfectionist is hard to work with: People who do not value perfectionism at workplaces might hate a detailed approach to solving problems by a perfectionist. Some people may also be concerned with only the objectives at hand which may not be the case for the perfectionist.
5. Perfectionism may be resistant to change: Having experts performing a certain task in a perfection approach would be difficult for someone to suggest his or her own ways on them.
6. May lead to imaginary ideas that are unachievable: Perfectionism sometimes entails perfectionist thinking outside the box which may result in absurd ideas that may not be successful.
7. Promotes sorrowful lifestyles: When things are done wrongly against perfectionist expectations, he becomes sad. This might be so wide that it influences even their personal life and it is thus a demerit.
8. Perfectionism hinders foreign collaborations: Perfectionist cannot easily assign a task to foreign people for the fear of delivering poor work. This affects collaboration with experts from foreign firms.
9. May pose a risk on health: Organizations that value perfectionism may force their employees to work tirelessly for long hours to achieve a certain quality of the commodity. This might sometimes involve the denial of sleep by the employees who have health hazards.
10. Encourages postponed work task: Perfectionism in any economic unit would leave some task unattended so as to wait for future refinement. This is a great disadvantage as it may lead to unfulfilled task.