A perfectionist on your team is both a blessing and a curse. (S)he may have high standards, but will likely fixate on every detail of a project. Here are three ways to harness the positive qualities while mitigating the bad:
- Give the right job. Don’t put a perfectionist in a role that is overly complex or requires managing people. Find positions that have a relatively narrow scope.
- Increase self-awareness. Help your direct report recognize when their standards have negative outcomes. Explain the impact on those around them.
- Don’t shy away from feedback. Perfectionists may have a hard time hearing criticism of their work. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Ask for the perfectionist's advice on how to best give them feedback.
Adapted from "How to Manage a Perfectionist" by Amy Gallo.