It’s a good thing to have
a little competition at work. It challenges some of your employees to do a
great job. It leads to more productivity and quality results. The problem is
that it can also go way over the top. Some of them end up being too aggressive,
and it becomes an unhealthy fight.
You know it’s no longer
healthy when your employees start to gossip about each other or tear each other
down. The office becomes a toxic
environment for everyone. As a leader, you have to do something about it.
There’s no better way to
deal with the problem than by immediately talking to the people involved. You
can’t let them continue that attitude on the workplace since it could also
affect everyone else. Ask them why they have to be too competitive.
Understanding the motivation can help you deal with the problem.
Change your attitude
The reason why people are
competitive could also be because of you. As a leader, you give the employees
plenty of opportunities to fight against each other. You promote a lot of
competitions. You also reward those who did a great job with a fascinating
prize. You might even try to put people against each other. This environment promotes
competition. You shouldn’t wonder why everyone starts to hate each other.
Encourage collaboration instead of competition.
Be a fair leader
The reason why some employees
end up pulling each other down is that it’s the only way for them to be
above the others. As a leader, you don’t necessarily see what’s going on behind
the scenes. You don’t know who among your employees are working really hard.
Worse, you only rely on the information you obtain through gossips in
determining who performed well. Considering how unfair your judgment process
is, it’s easy for your employees to attack each other. They know that it’s not
hard work that gets them on top, but propaganda.
Don’t designate a spy
Although it’s not an
official role, there’s someone at work you deem to be your spy. You ask that
person to report to you everything that’s going on. Instead of seeing the
process yourself, you rely on the information obtained from one person in
determining who did a great job among your employees. Even if your employees
didn’t know about it, your information is still one-sided. You need to be there
to see the reality instead of only relying on such information. The worst part
is when your employees discover this scheme. They will lose trust in you as a
The competitiveness at
work can also be a result of your actions as a leader. Therefore, you have to
be conscious in deciding what to do so that you can maintain productivity
without letting your employees hate each other just to gain your attention.
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