Why being competitive in the workplace isn't always a positive thing

Maria Papadopoulou By Maria Papadopoulou, 22nd Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Being competitive in the workplace could cost you a lot if you are not careful. In order to prevent the worst from happening, you need to understand what exactly happens when you become competitive in the workplace.

Being competitive in the workplace

Many people seem to think that being competitive is the only way to move up the corporate ladder. They think that they should display aggressive behavior to get a promotion and a raise. While there are times that this approach does get good results, this is not always the case.

Others do not like you

When you openly show to your co-workers that you are willing to fight tooth and nail to get that important assignment, make the new presentation or go on the next business trip, it is only natural not to be liked much by them. Trying to secure their position in the company or reaching new heights themselves, they will start keeping a safe distance from you and avoid you as much as they can. Working with people that do not like you can have detrimental effects. If you need help with something or have to cooperate with them on projects, the tension that will have been created will lead to misunderstandings or even fights on a regular basis.

See the forest but not the tree

When you display competitive behaviour on a regular basis, after a while you will come to realise that you no longer care that much about the job itself. It is the thrill of the chase and the prospect of winning that keeps you mostly interested in the workplace. In such a case, you are willing to do anything and go to great lengths to get what you want. Doing the job in the right way will no longer be a priority.

See enemies everywhere

Being competitive at the workplace will make you see enemies everywhere after a while. Due to the fact that you are competitive, you will start believing that your colleagues are equally competitive as well. That will make you suspicious and as a result, you will start hiding information from them, insist on doing things your way and interpret a simple comment as an indirect insult or attempt to make you look incapable. You will not be able to function properly. Being too overwhelmed with frustration you will end up making one mistake after another and that may lead to you getting fired, or being transferred somewhere else.

Setting boundaries

While trying to prove your worth at workplace is important, having some boundaries is necessary in order to know where you should stop.


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I am a certified health visitor and i also hold two bachelor degrees in translation as well as a bachelor degree in subtitling.

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23rd Dec 2010 (#)

Very interesting

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