So you’ve been happily employed for a couple of years. You’ve negotiated the office politics, can navigate every corner and half-step of your commute with your eyes closed and pretty much breeze through the days without a hitch. However, you might feel like things are getting pretty stale. You’re looking for a little healthy competition to spice up your day-to-day.
However, competition can be a little intimidating in the workplace. Reason being, as I’m sure you can understand, everyone has different understandings of what ‘healthy competition’ means. It can escalate quickly from playful banter to tables being flipped.
For the sake of argument, we would only suggest competing with people of the same seniority as you – otherwise things could get messy.
Here are four ways to build healthy competition with your work friends.
1. Work with the right people
If you’re going to engage in conscious competition, you have to get the right people involved. Try to avoid anyone who has a dismissive attitude towards competing because they’ll just suck the fun out of the project. Likewise, don’t get anyone who takes competition too seriously. Some people need to know how to relax.
2. Remind yourself it’s all about self-improvement
At work, there are no winners. Remember, you might be the hardest and most efficient worker in the office for now but someone will eventually knock you off your throne. You’re competing for the sake of self-improvement, not because you want to win the occasional pissing match.
3. Settle arguments outside the office
Some things can’t be settled with diplomacy and within the realms of office etiquette. Sometimes you need a table tennis table or table football to settle some scores that can’t be done in a meeting room. This will also give this whole inter-office competing some perspective.
4. No limits!
Competitions are won by those who are willing to push the limits further than the rest. We’re not encouraging you to put your job on the line for the sake of a defiant point proving but we would say to just go for it!