Over-achievers. They’re everywhere. From the employee who gets more done in less time than anyone else to the team member who always takes up the slack for others who are struggling to get it all done. If you’re the one who can never seem to do enough to satisfy your own level of accomplishment, learning to safeguard yourself against personal burnout, as well as the resentment it can cause, will keep you (reasonably) sane. If you’re a manager who has at least one over achiever on your team, you can learn from these tips as well.
1. Admit it when the limit has been reached. Whether you have to tell your boss that you’re overworked, that you’re feeling stressed and frazzled, or as a manager, you have to make that call, be willing to admit when it’s time for a break in the level of expectation. Over-achievers tend to forget they need a rest like everyone else at times. Be aware of the potential frustration and speak up before the “I can’t take it anymore!” stage is reached.
2. Find others over-achievers who can help. Over-achievers are a common breed in the business world. In fact, there may be one sitting in the next cubicle just waiting for an opportunity to do more. Seek them out, and when you find one, invite them to share the work load. If you’re right about their need to exceed, your favorite OA employee will be glad you did. And as the boss, it can be thrilling to find another employee willing to take on more responsibility.
3. Being an over achiever is something inherent within some folks. It doesn’t make them better or worse than others, it’s just who they are and how they operate. Learning to recognize that trait in yourself and your employees can help balance the work load and prevent the potential burnout, as well as the associated toll it takes on everyone’s emotions and energy level.
Over-achievers are valuable employees. They tend to work quickly, get a lot accomplished and keep going long after other employees are ready to give up. The impetus for much of their labors comes from within, for the most part. Though they are motivated by the approval of others, too. Learning to recognize this trait in yourself or your employees and safeguard against the resulting crash can help the over achiever, and the business, continue to reach new heights and accomplish goals in record time.