As athletes from around the world prepare to compete in London, workplaces in the U.S. appear to be hosting competition of their own, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests.

Nearly half (49%) of senior managers interviewed said they believe employees are more competitive with each other today than they were 10 years ago. These results mirror those from a similar survey of senior executives conducted in 2008.

“A little friendly competition in the office is healthy if it inspires … performance,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam ( “[But] rivalry between co-workers can 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.”

OfficeTeam identifies five types of workplace “competitors” that take it too far and offers tips for working with these types of employees. Those tips will be presented in tomorrow’s blog post.