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Friendly Competition = Success

Oakstone International Executive Search friendly competition = success

The beginning of a new year. Naturally a sense of competitiveness begins to emerge from within the team, so it’s important that we maintain competence and avoid adopting any unsporting competition.

Many of our team, from our Southern UK office, are currently competing with each other to become the best. Each week a new challenge is set and we compete against each other to claim the weekly incentive, which could be a toilet roll or could be a £50 voucher – whatever they pick from the secret envelopes.

It is important that we maintain these types of healthy competitive trends. This contributes to a successful culture and motivates the team to succeed, both inside and outside of the office.

Here are 6 tips to adopt to reignite positive competitiveness in the office work space:

  • Culture
    Encourage relationships/networking with friends and team members. Build valuable teams where all members are resourceful team contributors, rather than rivals.

  • Celebrate
    Celebrate meeting quotas, achieving goals and all successes, in a team environment, to energise and motivate the whole team. Mention goals and successes in meetings so everyone knows about it.

  • Reward success
    When team members are over achieving, acknowledge those accomplishments, encourage others to increase their performance, introduce incentives for these level of achievement; employee of the week, personal targets and most importantly team oriented targets. These rewards don’t need to be big they just have to show recognition for great work.

  • Team competition + Individual competition
    Everyone enjoys the personal satisfaction and recognition that comes from beating one or more members of their team. However, being able to contribute to the success of the team is even more satisfying.

  • Competitiveness brings out the best in people
    When considering someone to join your team, we all like to see competitive hobbies or backgrounds. We want to see a natural competitiveness, a natural urge to be as successful as possible and to see whether people are either team players, or whether they are choosing to pursue with career opportunities because it is simply a job.

  • Keep an eye on larger objectives
    The best competitions promote behaviours that hold strategic importance for the company. Adding a friendly rivalry can bring much-needed fun to the picture that encourages the team to complete these tasks quickly and effectively; make sure it’s focused and directed towards improving specific business objective.

Friendly competition is a huge motivator for our team. Great people take great pride in doing great work, and we want to be the best we can. Competition with other members of our team brings out the best in us. The key here is to remember the importance to facilitate collaboration and to ensure competition stays friendly.

Paul Rayner – CEO