It is usual for a particular employee to be more active and up and doing more for others. Truth is, we have different approaches to work or whatever that might come up at the workplace.
However, our efficiency and effectiveness at work most times create a rivalry amongst other colleagues, rivalries that are sometimes not healthy and which would eventually lead to competition.
Do you feel like your coworker is competing with you? Yes, competition in the workplace can be beneficial, allowing colleagues to work hard and strive for excellence. However, when a colleague takes competition too far, it can negatively affect morale and productivity.
In the case of having a tough competition mindset, the colleague will constantly be trying to exceed you, transforming even the most mundane tasks into a competition.
When this happens, it is important to set boundaries and remind colleagues that their drive for victory should not come at the expense of their fellow employees.
The following are top 12 hints that a colleague is in competition with you:
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Interrupts You In Meetings
- 2 2. Mocks You In Front Of Others
- 3 3. Close Body Language
- 4 4. Dominates The Conversation
- 5 5. Minding Your Work, Not Theirs
- 6 6. Wanting The Same Tasks As Yours
- 7 7. Always Criticizing Your Work
- 8 8. Threatened By Your Progress
- 9 9. Works Longer Than You
- 10 10. Spreading Rumors About You
- 11 11. Doesn’t Share Information
- 12 12. Steals Your Ideas
1. Interrupts You In Meetings
It may be easy to assume that someone who continuously interrupts you is expressing disagreement with you when in reality, they are simply seeking attention.
This can be because they are feeling insecure about their abilities and feel that they must take something away from others to get noticed.
It could also be because they are afraid of being outshone or that your ideas will be better received than theirs. Alternatively, they may feel they must compete with you to keep their position on the team.
2. Mocks You In Front Of Others
People who make fun of you or put you down in front of others may do so because they feel threatened by your success or power. By attempting to harm your reputation in front of others, they try to ensure that everyone knows they are superior to you and cannot be challenged.
This can take the form of spreading rumors about you or making jokes about your incompetence, regardless of whether it is done out loud or behind your back.
3. Close Body Language
It can sometimes be difficult to tell if someone is uncomfortable around you, but there are a few tell-tale signs. They may avoid making eye contact, or their gaze may dart away from yours if they feel threatened.
Body language is also a good indicator; if they stand with their arms crossed or their body language is closed off, it could mean they are attempting to protect themselves from exposing themselves to others.