Healthy competition in the workplace is a good thing. At the same time, too much competition with no rewards can have a negative impact on the morale of employees. The negative morale of too many employees can create negative results for customers. It is important to add positive balance to work environments in which competition is inevitable such as sales conditions.
To create an inclusive environment in competitive environments, allow a relaxed environment. Adding fun games and employee spirit prizes create an alternative to the work competition. Many companies include community events and team sports to create a fun environment outside of the office. This creates a positive company morale.
As an employee, it is important not to be frustrated by any losses a competitive environment may create. The goal is to win together as a team. Employees can add to the positive and inclusive environment by staying actively positive. If there are concerns that may appear to create a negative environment have a strategic meeting with a supervisor on how you both can create change together.
Companies can only win as a team. Competition is inevitable. If your team is not on the same page with the business goals, you have already lost. Create reasonable expectations and challenge employees to exceed these expectations. Employees are willing to compete if they know they are winning as a team.
Juanita Espino B.S. Comm., M.A.Ed.
Communications Consultant and Professional Advisor