Thursday, 17 November 2016

Handling Rivalry and Competition At Work

Competition in the workplace can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, a competitive environment can spur coworkers to continual improvement, using each other's performances as inspiring yardsticks. On the other hand, workplace competitiveness can pit coworkers against one another, creating stress and defensiveness

 Rising above these competition, is one personal victory everyone hopes to have however without these tips, it would literally take a miracle to shine brighter than the work colleague who's bent on stealing your shine. Here are 3 tips for handling competition at work:

1) Be assertive
If your instincts or personal experience tell you that this person is out to outshine you, you need to hold your ground when requests that could sabotage you are made. This is not time to play nice. 

2) Know whom to trust
Any of your other work work colleagues could be gathering intel for your opposition while acting like your bosom buddy. Be sure to investigate where each person's loyalties lie before picking your inner circle and having one of your bosses on your side is always a big plus. 
3) Be very discreet
Don't think out loud or share plans before execution. Don't leave sensitive documents lying about or your computer unprotected and don't boast about leads or contacts till you have fully explored them. Consider it a cold war, anything you say or do will be used against you!
Most importantly be the best you can and don't cut corners. It's hard to compete with true diligence!