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?
    – aarbee
    Sep 14, 2013 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, 2013 at 17:59
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    Did you look in a thesaurus for 'hardworking'? What did it say there?
    – Mitch
    Sep 14, 2013 at 19:12
  • Perhaps saint? (or much-resented-saint?)
    – bib
    Sep 15, 2013 at 1:11

7 Answers 7


Detractors might call them an overachiever. One might say that they give 110%.

to perform better or achieve more success than expected


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


Perfectionist, Devoted, Motivated, Ambitious, Driven


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


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


an energetic, hardworking, forceful person.


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.


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.


A good term might be


Another (a bit negatively slanted) might be




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