WATCH YOUR WAISTLINE SHRINK IN A WEEK
If you’re the sort of employee who regularly spends his evenings bathed in the glow of an Anglepoise, triple-checking reports and tweaking emails for the morning, it’s no use blaming late-night ‘al desko’ dining for your weight gain.
In fact, a recent study has found that perfectionism in the workplace will do more than simply disincline workmates to invite you out for drinks.
It’ll make you fat.
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In an article published in the Journal of Health Psychology, study subjects with high perfectionism scores had an increased propensity to obesity in the short term. Worse still, career obsessive compulsives showed a 51% higher risk of early death than their laid-back colleagues. And that’s a very good case for closing down those spreadsheets.
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“Perfectionism is definitely a virtue to be extolled within reason,” says Dr Prem Fry, research professor at Trinity Western University. “But beyond a certain threshold, it can backfire and become an impediment.” So, while getting things right when it matters will help you scale the ladder, letting the minutiae of the nine-to-five slide from time to time will make you a leaner, healthier man for, oh you know, the rest of your life. We’ll let you decide how that one should pan out.
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