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What do you call a person who is constantly busy with his or her workload but is willing to go the extra mile to do more than what is needed? Is hardworking good enough or is there some other better words that could be used to describe this person?

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How about workaholic or work-addict? –  Ramit Sep 14 '13 at 17:56
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Hardworking is a viable candidate. Whether other options (like these) would be "better" would depend on knowing more situational context than you've provided here. –  J.R. Sep 14 '13 at 17:59
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Did you look in a thesaurus for 'hardworking'? What did it say there? –  Mitch Sep 14 '13 at 19:12
    
Perhaps saint? (or much-resented-saint?) –  bib Sep 15 '13 at 1:11
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Detractors might call them an overachiever. One might say that they give 110%.

to perform better or achieve more success than expected

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Perfectionist, Devoted, Motivated, Ambitious, Driven

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Dude's really gung ho about his job, a regular go getter, one crackerjack of an employee.

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Such a person is driven. For a negative connotation, one may be described as a workaholic when work becomes an obession.

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Driven is probably the commonest.

Alternatives are:

high flyer

  1. a person who is extreme in aims, ambition, etc
  2. a person of great ability, esp in a career

dynamo

an energetic, hardworking, forceful person.

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This one is off by a little, but if paired with one of the other ones it could give it that extra jolt of flavor.

conscientious

1) Careful and hard-working. Thorough and assiduous. Involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent.

a conscientious worker / a conscientious pupil / conscientious application to the work at hand / Al admitted that he had not been taking his work seriously and realized that he should be more conscientious about his job or he would be discharged. / She is generally very conscientious about her work. / No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.

2) Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled.

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