Competing in the Office

Do you set your employees up to compete against each other? Maybe not in a fight to the death, but a competition where the prize is a more enjoyable job?

Plenty of companies have incentive competitions, where the top salesperson gets a trip to Bali, or something like that. Some companies, though, reward their employees with better working hours or more interesting projects, based on how well they are doing.

When you consider that enjoying the work is often a bigger retention driver than compensation, it seems to make sense to use the work itself as a reward. On the other hand, competition can certainly wreck collaboration, which is often essential in creative work.

What do you think? Is this kind of competition — or any kind of public competition, with specific results for all to see — helpful in the workplace?

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