A little competition in the office may inspire workers to put in extra effort, but when “winning” becomes the primary objective, it may be time to evaluate your mindset. Focus too much on beating others and you may end up damaging your career by losing sight of the ultimate goal – doing high quality work that will improve the company.
Think you may be guilty of being overly competitive? Consider these warning signs:
With the number of hours colleagues spend together, it is only natural that they learn some things about each other’s personal lives. Oftentimes, this type of information can help them feel more connected -- “Hey, I didn’t realize we both had 7-year-olds” or “You’re going to Maine on vacation? Bring in your pictures; I’ve always wanted to visit.”
We all know that crying is a normal behavior that everybody does from time to time. But when tears are shed in the work environment, it can lead to uncomfortable feelings. Oftentimes, nobody is quite sure how to respond.
A great idea comes from this article in Time magazine: “Offer a tissue. This gives the person a chance to breathe and gather thoughts. It also communicates that you’re paying attention.”
Assisting others around the office helps a worker develop a reputation as a team player. This altruism also can enhance individual feelings of worthiness, competency, and belonging. While these reasons alone should encourage employees to lend a hand whenever possible, many people make a point of pitching in so that others will return the favor in their hour of need.
Kate Middleton may be helping to bring pantyhose back into vogue, but when temperatures are soaring, they can make your legs feel like encased sausages. Should you forgo them for bare legs?
The answer to this question depends on numerous factors. First, take a look at other women in the office. If they go bare, you probably can, too. Also, consider your industry. While a school secretary may feel fine going around without hose during the summer months, a legal secretary may feel funny about doing the same in a courtroom.
Workers know that discussing politics or religion at the office can be tricky, but another subject may make colleagues just as squeamish – salary. According to a survey conducted by Monster.com, nearly two-thirds of American workers say they are not comfortable discussing what they earn with other employees.