It’s a common statement used by many of us, often at an interview when questioned about our strengths and weaknesses. Recent reports by the Guardian, the BBC and a wealth of academic research studies suggest that the ‘perfectionist’ personality trait is more common in today’s society than ever before.
So, are more of us striving for perfection in our work and personal lives and is it a strength or a weakness? - take part in this survey and help us find out.Start Survey
Perfectionism is synonymous with high achievement, conscientiousness, diligence and attention to detail - characteristics that are highly valued in the business world. In fact, some of the world’s most successful leaders and business people are perfectionists - the success of Apple is largely down to the late Steve Jobs' relentless pursuit of perfection in developing the iPhone.
Until recently, the negative effects of perfectionism have not been considered in business. Studies involving students have shown that perfectionists experience more stress, higher levels of procrastination and reduced well-being, but are these negative effects exclusive to students or do they extend into the workplace?
We need employees and the owners of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK to take part in this anonymous online survey, which takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time and valued participation, it is greatly appreciated.Start Survey
The purpose of this study is to determine how perfectionism affects stress, well-being and procrastination in employees. To take part you must be an employee of a business, a UK resident and over the age of 18. Your participation is entirely voluntary. Please tick the boxes below and click 'Start Survey' to begin.Start Survey
INSTRUCTIONS: Listed below are a number of statements concerning personal characteristics and traits. Read each statement carefully and indicate your level of agreement with each one by clicking the relevant number that represents the extent to which you disagree or agree with it. Your responses are completely anonymous so please answer truthfully and without overthinking them.
INSTRUCTIONS: The questions below ask you about your feelings and thoughts during the last month. Click a number from 0 (Never) to 4 (Very Often) to indicate how often you felt or thought a certain way.
INSTRUCTIONS: Read each of the five statements below and then indicate how often you have experienced them over the last two weeks by clicking the relevant number. For example, if you have felt cheerful and in good spirits more than half of the time during the last two weeks, click number 3.
INSTRUCTIONS: Below are four questions about your feelings on aspects of your life. There are no right or wrong answers. For each of these questions please give your answer on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is ‘not at all’ and 10 is ‘completely’.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please read each of the following statements carefully, thinking about how it relates to your life, and then indicate how true it is for you. Use the following scale and click the number that represents you, where 1 is 'Not at all true' and 7 is 'Very True'.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please read each of the following statements carefully and then indicate how true it is for you. Click the number on the scale that represents you, where 1 is 'Very Seldom or Not True of You' and 5 is 'Very Often True of You'.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaire on perfectionism, well-being and procrastination. We understand that you are busy, so your time and interest in this study is very much appreciated. Should you later decide that you want to withdraw from the study you can do so at any time by contacting the researcher below.
Perfectionism and its affects on well-being and procrastination have been studied frequently in student and clinical settings, however little empirical research has been conducted that focuses on employees. The current study aims to change that by investigating how perfectionism may be affecting the well-being of employees in UK businesses and their tendency to procrastinate. Furthermore, the study seeks to understand whether different types of perfectionism, namely adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism, can have different affects.
If you would like to receive a copy of the final report detailing the findings of this study, please enter your name and email address in the form below. You can also tick the box below if you would like to receive our free guide to perfectionism, which contains information, advice, resources and tools for keeping perfectionism under control.
Your name and email will only be used for the purpose of emailing you the results of the study, it will not be associated with your survey responses.
We need to reach as many UK business employees as possible to make this research as accurate and representative as possible. If you know friends and colleagues who would be willing to complete our survey, please help us recruit participants for this important study by sharing this page on social media.
Simply share this page on social media by clicking the link below.
Finally, if you would like to know more about perfectionism or have any concerns about how it might be impacting your personal or business life, the resources below will provide further information and help for you. For any other questions, please refer to the Participant Information Sheet. If you require any further information on the study, please contact:
Project leader: Peter Tyler, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for your time.
If you would like to look into the background behind the research topic, the references provide a good grounding in the subject of perfectionism.
Bieling, P.J., Israeli, A L., Antony, M M. (2004) Is perfectionism good, bad, or both? Examining models of the perfectionism construct, Personality and Individual Differences 36(6), p1373-1385
Suh, H., Gnilka, P.B., and Rice, K.G. (2017) ‘Perfectionism and well-being: A positive psychology framework’. Personality and Individual Differences 111, 25–30
Chang, E.C. (2006) ‘Perfectionism and Dimensions of Psychological Well–Being in A College Student Sample: A Test of a Stress–Mediation Model’. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 25 (9), 1001–1022