Competition

A recent article, 6 Ways to Foster Healthy Competition at Work by Rieva Lesonsky says that a workplace competition can help increase productivity and engagement of your employees.  Nevertheless, not all your employees are born competitive and to some, it may only cause stress and resentment.

Here are some tips to create healthy competition at work while avoiding any detrimental effects.

1. Team competition

Competition among individuals can be detrimental where everyone is vying to be number one. It can lead to a dog-eat-dog environment. Instead, compete in teams to encourage teamwork, and give each member the chance to learn from each other while competing.

2. Add fun element

The work itself in your agile office space is already challenging, so don’t make your workplace competitions too severe; instead keep a lighthearted and fun element to the contest.

3. Observe the effects

Monitor the effect of your workplace competition, both in your business and your employees. If a competition seems to create conflict and tension, talk about the problems and, if necessary, stop the competition.

4. Focus on the ultimate goal

It’s great when employees get excited about the competition, but ensure they will not forget about the ultimate goal—productivity and engagement.

5. Provide a reasonable reward

The prize for workplace competitions depend on the nature of the competitions, your business and your staff. For example, the winning team might be happy to receive a recognition certificate or a simple trophy at the regular meeting in a meeting space, or some employees will need more tangible and bigger rewards like bonuses and vacation packages for bringing in more sales.

Conclusion

Following these simple hacks, your workplace competitions can be both beneficial to your business and team members. Are you looking for more collaborative workspace solutions in Philadelphia? YourOffice Philadelphia offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: small office space Philadelphia, executive suites Philadelphia and meeting space Philadelphia. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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