Especially in fast paced and high energy work environments, I tend to hear a lot about competition in the workplace and employees competing back and forth amongst themselves in an effort to do well in the workplace. I do not think that there is anything wrong with this if it is gone about in the right way and if people are cautions and careful with it.
When people take their time in the workplace and they are careful with how they go about addressing the various aspects and facets to the workplace, they can succeed. Healthy competition in the workplace is totally fine and I, in fact, encourage it. However, it is also very easy if you are not careful to get into position in which competition in the workplace is actually very unhealthy and hurtful.
Competition in the Workplace
Competition in the workplace I believe is a good thing. A competitive work environment is very important if it is gone about in the right way, and knowing how to succeed at work when there is competition involved I believe is also very vital.
Here are how the benefits and negatives of workplace production break down. There is really only one of two ways that this can go:
- Either the successes of co-workers act as a yardstick on which other co-workers want to base their own productivity and accomplishments in the workplace. Or,
- The successes of some co-workers reflect poorly on other co-workers and make them look bad, creating spite and a distaste overall.
Clearly, you want the first of the two above situations. To ensure that you can make success and stability in your workplace, you need to know if you are in a competitive workspace. For example, consider the following signs of competition in the workspace:
- Engaging with others. A competitive workspace surprisingly enough is also a workspace where co-workers are engaging with each other a lot and working together a lot.
- High productivity is another great sign of an engaging and competitive workspace. When a bunch of employees are all competing together to hit the highest targets possible, it comes naturally that that will be a very productive and successful workplace, and that is one of the main reasons why I encourage competitive workspaces so much. Simply stated, these environments will create far greater success within the workspace itself, which is always good.
- Stress in the workspace. This is another sign of a competitive workspace, unfortunately, but sometimes stress can act as an incentive for you to step up your game, or that you are doing something wrong and need to correct it. Sometimes it is also a sign that another co-worker is doing something to stress you out, which is not a good sign and should also be addressed.
- Incentive or motivation is another sign of a competitive work environment. When each employee has a lot of personal incentive to hit their targets, then that is a sure sign that there is some competition going on in the environment.
- Bigger targets. This is a good sign, and I would much rather see employees creating and making their own incentive targets than having to force it on them or try to increase their own targets somehow.
Having fun games within the workspace where you set targets and include production bonuses if certain target are met is a great way to really blow the business up. The only thing to watch out for in the workplace is to ensure that competition does not turn into a sabotage or jealously game, as that is very inappropriate and negative.