Handling Workplace Competition
Competition is healthy to a point as it can boost productivity at work, but at times it can also be unhealthy as it can corrupt business relationships. People tend to feel jealous and insecure about themselves, their capabilities and the job. What these people need is encouragement!
To deal with a competitive workplace requires self-confidence. A person must get over feeling jealous and insecure and start being competitive like everyone else. Or, he must understand and accept the fact there is competitiveness at work.
Here's some advice: If you are not a competitor, then, prove to yourself, your co-workers, and your employer that you are a team player, not a selfish competitor who is only out looking for his own interests.
Employees must have the initiative to take full advantage of a competitive situation. Everyone has a right to be competitive. Rather than getting upset and taking competition too seriously, why not try to learn about each other, communicate, and work together (to be a team player) so both can become winners for the company.
In short, it is team building that improves a business's effectiveness, not competition. The idea is that, together, co-workers can achieve objectives.
- If you are not a competitor already, don't become one. It takes a lot out of person when dealing and handling the competition.
- If you are a competitor, be flexible but be able to stand up to the challenge.
- Always know who your actual competition is.
- Always know how strong the competition is.
Advice: Learn to deal with workplace competition or you will be stressed at work. That will likely affect your attitudes and behaviors at work.
To sum it all up, "Competition in the workplace is a double-edged sword. Used correctly, you can get results; used ruthlessly, you can kill morale."