Added 13 March 2023

Why is perfectionism a risk factor for burnout?

Have you ever thought of yourself as “a perfectionist/perfectionist”?

This term usually means that we think of ourselves as someone who sets the bar high, has exacting work standards and is not content with mediocre results. Putting it this way, one could consider perfectionism a highly desirable trait, but the matter is more complicated.

While perfectionism certainly has advantages (employees with this trait are often appreciated and sought after), it can be both a pitfall and a huge impediment to building a healthy relationship with work and with co-workers.

Perfectionists can become complacent about what they believe to be imperfectly completed tasks, fear potential mistakes, and expect others to be as committed to their work as they themselves are. All of this can lead to the tension they often feel, resulting in conflicts at work. The situation becomes even more complicated when the perfectionist’s efforts are not recognized and rewarded. Over time, this can lead to an emotional crisis and professional burnout for such a person.

What can be a lifeline for a person with perfectionist tendencies?

Self-awareness, setting realistic goals, and to appreciate the lessons we learn from experienced failures. Realizing that, in fact, the path to a goal, the efforts we make, the lessons we take away, and stepping outside of safe patterns are often more important than a result pushed to the limit – all of these can be the “antidote” for a perfectionist’s anxiety-stricken mind.

In the offer of Mental Health Center we have prepared packages of lectures and practical workshops under the banner of “Professional Burnout” for companies that want to support employees in preventive action, as well as for those that are currently facing high employee turnover, noticing lower work efficiency, as well as frequent dilemmas of employees on the job.

We offer:

  • lectures,
  • workshops,
  • organization scanning,
  • tests,
  • individual diagnoses,
  • mentoring for managers.


Sample lecture topics:

  • Professional burnout – determinants, prevention, recognition, support – for managers.
  • Mental resilience – what resources do you need to accumulate to cope better?
  • Regeneration, rest, positive experiences – my sources of power.
  • Team support – how to build a climate of trust and authenticity in the team?
  • Workshop: Professional burnout – recognition, prevention, employee support (separately for managers and other employees).
  • Workshop: Stress – techniques for reducing tension, coping with worry.
  • Workshop: Assertiveness – some exercises to inspire you to work on yourself (because change is not easy, so we do not want to promise it after one workshop).

For a wider range of lectures, please email:


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