4 in 10 managers say co-worker competitiveness has increased in last decade: Survey

Uncertain economy leads to more intense competition

As athletes from around the world prepare to compete in London, workplaces in Canada appear to be hosting competitions of their own.

Four in ten (40 per cent) senior managers said they believe employees are more competitive with each other today than they were 10 years ago, found a survey by OfficeTeam.

Another four in 10 (39 per cent) said there is no change in employees’ level of competitiveness and 15 per cent said they are less competitive now than 10 years ago, found the survey of 303 senior managers.

"A little friendly competition in the office is healthy if it inspires great individual and team performance," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Rivalry between co-workers can often become more intense when the economy is uncertain and people feel pressure to prove themselves. Although it's natural for employees to want to stand out among their colleagues, it shouldn't be at the expense of others."

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