Competition is present in everyday life. Like people trying to get that best seat in the bus or inside the classroom, guests checking in hotels with the best views, or even men aiming for the love of a woman. There are countless ways that competition manifests in our world – according to social scientists, it is one of the most basic functions of nature and a biological trait that co-evolved with the basic need for human survival.
The engineering workplace has its fair share of competition not only as an organization but among the engineers within the company. More often than not, the rivalry comes from the desire to be promoted first faster than everyone else, which is not at all a bad thing.
Research suggests that competition increases the levels of chemicals like testosterone in the body, preparing the body and mind and pushing the employees to go the extra mile and achieve results. This is the healthy kind of competition, but there is also the toxic one – a rivalry which could result to unethical decisions and ways as well as create conflict.
If you are one of those engineers who feel that there is some kind of competition going on, the first thing to do is to make sure that it all ends well for the people involved. It doesn’t have to reach a point wherein it becomes toxic.
Here are other tips:
Don’t get distracted and stay confident
There is no reason to fret. As already established, competition is part of everyday life which also happens in the workplace. Accept the reality of it. But as a response, you still have to stay focused in your job as an engineer.
Once the competition becomes a big issue where you work, it’s better to find those who are in the same side as you. This should grow your reputation and cultivate strong relationships with other coworkers.
It is necessary that engineers who are competitive in nature also have to stop for a moment. Do this to realize if all of what’s happening amid the competition is heading towards your career goals.
Don’t take things personally
What happens in the workplace, stays in the workplace. Think of that as much as possible and keep a genuine relationship with your rivals. It is possible to be friends with your enemies.