workplace rivalry

Workplace rivalry on the rise

February 19, 2021 11:39 am Published by

Is workplace rivalry a good thing?

We often associate rivalry as a positive way to push us to work harder. But left unchecked, competition can escalate into conflict. A study into Formula One drivers (where admittedly the stakes are a lot higher) found drivers were more prone to collisions if they were of a similar status with overlapping wins and losses that season.

There’s no avoiding the element of rivalry in the workplace. Even when we’re working remotely, a sense of professional jealousy can still creep in. Here’s how to avoid it:

  1. Don’t work next to someone with opposing views and expect a mellowing of attitudes.

Hurrah for lockdown, huh?! Turns out we’ll amplify our differences sat together, which could lead to poor behaviour.

  1. Don’t make an enemy of another company.

Sure, identifying your competition is useful, but you could be encouraging unethical behaviour if you make them your active enemy.

  1. Take responsibility for your own behaviour

A bit of self-discipline is a good thing. Remember your behaviour and actions are yours to own. Don’t head down a negative path and blame someone else. Reflect on your core values and stay true to who you are.

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Jason Connolly set up JMC Legal Recruitment in 2016 when he was still in his 20s. JMC Legal quickly established itself as one of the big players in the industry and Jason has also become a well-known fixture in the press, offering advice and support.

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