Monthly Archives: July 2015

New study highlights how perfectionist drive is leading to burnout

A new study from York St John University and the University of Bath has revealed the extent to which perfectionist tendencies in employees are driving many to burnout and points to ways in which habits might be changed.

In the report, published today (Friday 31 July) in the journal Personality & Social Psychology Review, researchers looked at the impact perfectionism is having on extreme stress and burnout.
Psychologists have long been fascinated by the effects of perfectionism – a personality trait encompassing excessively high personal standards coupled with harsh self-criticism – however this is the first study to aggregate its full effects.

Through a detailed review of research, the researchers found that perfectionism is closely associated with burnout – a syndrome associated with chronic stress that manifests as extreme fatigue, perceived reduced accomplishment and eventual detachment.
And whilst their findings are relevant across education and in sports, the researchers found this relationship is particularly strong in employment settings – something they suggest is increasingly driven by a prevailing performance-outcomes focus in the modern workplace.
In such an environment, where poor performance carries significant costs, perfectionist tendencies are often exacerbated, which not only leads to increased stress for individuals but in fact poorer performance and a lack of innovation for organisations.
Dr Andrew Hill, Associate Professor and Head of Taught Postgraduate Programmes at York St John University, who was lead-author of the review and whose work focusses on the effects of perfectionism in achievement contexts said: “Too often people confuse perfectionism with more desirable features such as being conscientious. Rather than being more productive, perfectionists are likely to find the workplace quite difficult and stressful.
“Our research suggests that if perfectionists are unable to cope with demands and uncertainty in the workplace, they will experience a range of emotional difficulties.”
Dr Thomas Curran, Lecturer in Sport Psychology at the University of Bath, who co-authored the research, and whose work focuses on motivation and emotion added:
“As a society we tend to hold perfectionism as a sign of virtue or high-achievement. Yet our findings show that perfectionism is a largely destructive trait. We suggest its effects can be managed and organisations must be clear that perfection is not a criteria of success. Instead, diligence, flexibility and perseverance are far better qualities.”
Certain companies, including Google, have in recent years established bold initiatives to counter perfectionism and drive up quality by rewarding staff for failure. Such methods, as well as a greater focus on balanced working lives, depressurised working environments and a greater acceptance of failure could all go a long way to mitigating the negative effects associated with perfectionism, the authors suggest.

York St John University
Founded in 1841, York St John University has a long and proud tradition as a distinguished education provider. Professor David Fleming was installed as Vice Chancellor in 2010. 
The University has around 6,500 students studying on a range of courses in faculties of Arts, Health and Life Sciences, Education and Theology, and the York St John Business School.
Through its faculties, York St John has developed many partnerships with practitioners, business and representative bodies both within York and the wider region.

University of Bath  
The University of Bath one of the UK’s leading universities both in terms of research and our reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and graduate prospects.
In the REF 2014 research assessment 87 per cent of our research was defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. From making aircraft more fuel efficient, to identifying infectious diseases more quickly, or cutting carbon emissions through innovative building solutions, research from Bath is making a difference around the world.
Well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds, Bath is ranked highly in all national league tables. It was voted number one in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) for two years running, and is the UK’s top university in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2015.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars appears on HGTV Tiny House, Big Living

Monday, August 3 at 6pm or 9pm (depending on carrier & time zone) Paterson, WA, July 30, 2015– Alexandria Nicole Cellars prides themselves on providing “cutting edge” experiences for their wine club members. This spring their cult style wine club following has been abuzz with excitement as the club will receive national coverage on HGTV Tiny… Continue Reading

Plug In America Names Joel Levin Executive Director

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 29, 2015—Joel Levin, former vice president of business development at the Climate Action Reserve, has been named executive director of Plug In America the nation’s leading nonprofit electric vehicle advocacy organization. Levin’s appointment is effective immediately. An expert on U.S. and global carbon markets and California climate policy, Levin oversaw development… Continue Reading

Sean Riley Named Championship Director for 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Sean Riley, a PGA golf professional who grew up in southern Washington, has been named Championship Director for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to be played June 9-12 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish. Born and raised in the Tri-Cities area, Riley is responsible for the overall coordination and planning of the first women’s major championship… Continue Reading

PicsArt Partners with FiftyThree To Integrate Award Winning Stylus, Pencil, with The World’s Largest Creative Community

PicsArt’s latest iOS update also introduces new Lens Blur Effects, Animated .gifs, Filters, and Square Fit Tool updates features to help people around the world connect and create original, beautiful artwork.San Francisco, Calif. — PicsArt, the company behind the world’s leading mobile creative community, today announces the integration of FiftyThree’s award winning stylus, Pencil. Available… Continue Reading

Conifer Secured Self Storage Adds U-Haul Trucks, Trailers

DE FOREST, WIS. (July 29, 2015) – U-Haul International, Inc. is pleased to announce that Conifer Secured Self Storage LLC has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the De Forest community. Conifer Secured Self Storage at 7652 Conifer Court will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup… Continue Reading

Help teach about salmon and the Cedar River—become a volunteer naturalist!

Share your community treasure! Become a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River and learn about one of the world’s amazing wildlife migrations, which runs through the heart of Seattle, Renton and on up into Maple Valley! Naturalists will receive 20 hours of training from fish and watershed experts in September. Then they’ll spend three weekend days along… Continue Reading

HUNT Real Estate ERA Deploys Marketing Automation

Industry’s hottest innovation gives back agents “years” in lost productivity  July 29, 2015 – Buffalo, NY  – One of America’s oldest and most prestigious real estate brands, HUNT Real Estate ERA, has launched the real estate industry’s hottest new technology – marketing automation – a move that will “shave years” off the total time its… Continue Reading

Small Business Endorses Teri Hickel in Special Election

Entire state will be affected by two special elections on August 4 OLYMPIA, Wash., July 27, 2015—The voice of Washington state small business today announced its endorsement of Teri Hickel in a special primary election to be held August 4 for one of the two State House seats in the 30th Legislative District. Last week,… Continue Reading

Hop Jack’s opened its 11th location in Kennewick on July 13th!

Seattle, WA…..July 26, 2015……..Hop Jack’s, “ A Neighborhood Gathering Place,”  recently opened its’ 11th location on July 13th in Kennewick, Washington. “We are very excited about opening a Hop Jack’s in Kennewick,” said owner Mark Eggen.  “This site is a great space for a restaurant that is a true “neighborhood gathering place.“ We want to… Continue Reading