Workers face stiff competition

29-08-2007

Workers face stiff competition
A strong competitive spirit is apparently alive and well in UK workplaces, as new research has highlighted many employees perceive their colleagues to be rather cut-throat.

Research from Investors in People shows that a third of employees are working with co-workers who are either very or fairly competitive - and it has been suggested that this is not necessarily a good thing.

Almost half (45 per cent) of those questioned stated that competitiveness can work against team spirit and cohesion, indicating that healthy competition in the workplace can have the opposite effect if taken too far.

A third of respondents stated that bosses can sometimes exacerbate problems by playing workers off against one another. Simon Jones of Investors in People highlights the risk of an overly competitive workplace.

"Left unchecked, competition among employees can be divisive, damaging team spirit and breeding a culture of mistrust," he told Personnel Today.

Research from the Ban Bullying at Work campaign found that many managers blame themselves for workplace bullying, with more than half highlighting authoritarian management styles, according to Management Issues.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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