Ability as a burden

Attention, go-getters: there’s a downside to getting all that stuff done.

High performers truly are given more work to do, according to an article by The Atlantic. Not only that, but “their managers and co-workers didn’t understand how hard it was for them, and thus felt unhappy about being given more tasks,” according to researchers at Duke University, University of Georgia and University of Colorado.

This dynamic plays out elsewhere, according to the study’s lead author: “(I)n our personal relationships, we should recognize that just because our high-ability partners can do something for us, doesn’t mean that we should let them.”

We hear a lot about the need for work-life balance, but this article has me pondering, “Is that goal possible for high performers?”

If you’re reading this feature, we’re certain that you’re a high performer, so email us what you think at connie.post@coxinc.com.

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