Competition is an intrinsic part of any workplace, more so, when you are climbing the corporate ladder. But this competition can be good for you if it is healthy. As long as all the colleagues are playing by the rules, and concentrating on their own game, without stealing ideas or pointing fingers, healthy competition can actually work to improve your performance.
Here are some things you can do when you are working with a very competitive colleague.
Make Them Your Friends
It is better to have someone competitive on your side, than against you. If they have professed a good idea in the meeting, you can approach them by saying that you would like to work together as you too had a similar idea. While it may be important to get credit, sometimes it is better to be a part of a great team, than try to win things alone.
Inspiration Over Jealousy
A little competition at work is a good thing if you channel it into self-improvement. When a competitive colleague stands in the way, use this as an opportunity to hone in on and fine tune your skills, whether it is learning something new, working a little extra hard, or putting in more time. Venkatesh Donglikar, Account Manager at SRV Media, says, “I analyse where my colleague is applying his skills, how they are organising their work, and this helps me to work better.”
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Never Lose Your Ethics
Competition can drive people to do things that might fall into the grey zone. But you should not let a competitive colleague push you into doing something that might affect your credibility at work. Regardless of how competitive colleagues choose to act or how frustrating it can be at times, make the decision to always be fair, accountable, and team-oriented in the work that you do.
These approaches will help you make the best of a work situation involving a competitive colleague.