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The Disadvantages of Having a Competitive Workplace

Fostering the correct type of workplace to help your company or business succeed is a very important thing to do, but it is not always easy. Any people will tell you that you need to have a competitive workplace in order to have any chance of succeeding. Despite what most people will tell you, this is just not true. The fact of the matter is that there are definitely disadvantages to having a competitive workplace. It is an all sunshine and roses. If you are trying to create a high quality workplace environment, the competitive workplace may not be the right choice for you. This is something that you need to understand so that you can make the best decision possible for your company or business. You really need to understand what sorts of things are going to be good for your company and what sorts of things are not going to be helpful. The competitive workplace environment might be one of those things that is not going to be right for you. Here are some of the disadvantages that come with having a competitive workplace.

It Adds a Ton of Tension

A Stressed Employee's Work Will Suffer
A Stressed Employee’s Work Will Suffer
One of the main disadvantages of having a competitive workplace is that it generally creates a lot of tension in the workplace environment. This is just not a good thing, because it makes your employees feel like they are constantly struggling for survival and struggling to keep their job. This may seem ideal to you, but in the end is just going to lead to lower productivity levels and a lot of stress in the environment. The more stressed your employees are, the worse their work will be. This is not something that you can afford to have happened to you, which is why a competitive workplace may not be the best choice for you. All the tension between your employees is going to lead to arguments and strife, which means that they will not be spending that time working.

It Can Lead to Your Employees Getting Burnt Out

Burnt EployeeAnother reason why competitive workplaces are not always the best idea is because it can easily lead to your employees getting burnt out. If your employees are burnt out, the quality of their work is going to take a severe hit and they are not going to be interested in working harder to help your company or business succeed. Since they are struggling so hard to be the best they can possibly be due to the competitive nature of their workplace, your employees will burn out quite easily and not be able to recover. This is the exact opposite of what you want to happen inside of your workplace, so it is not always a good idea to be that competitive.

It Breeds Contempt and Strife

Competitive workplaces tend to breed contempt and strife
Competitive Workplaces Breed Contempt & Strife
Competitive workplaces tend to breed contempt and strife not only between your employees themselves, but between you and your employees. Your employees will be fighting with each other all the time, which is going to lead to tons of tension and strife. Plus, they may begin to resent you and be unhappy with you as a boss. This is just asking for trouble because it leads to so many issues. The fact that your employees will not be getting along due to the competitive nature of the workplace is just going to make it even more difficult for you to manage things.

It Makes Employees Resent You and Your Position

If you really push a competitive workplace, it could easily lead to your employees growing resentful of you and your position. Since you are the one demanding that they compete with each other, they could start to turn against you or at least stop taking you seriously. This kind of mutiny is just going to lead your company to failure, so you need to be very careful of this sort of thing. Never give your employees reason to resent you.


Working Out From an Office Cube

It can be hard to figure out how to fit in a decent work-out when you’re sitting at a desk all day. Sitting at your desk all day is ruining your posture, and ruining your posture is making harder to work out. But when you’re chained to your desk for nine hours or more a day, it’s had to find time to make it to the gym. Thankfully there are several workout regimens you can do right from your desk without having to worry about taking a break or trying to squeeze in a jog before or after work. Try these exercises to keep yourself fit from your cube.

The Magic Carpet Ride

This one is great for your arms and your core. Your core is especially important if you spend a lot of time sitting down all day as a weak core can easily lead to a sore lower back. If your chair has wheels, lock them in place. Sit cross-legged in your chair and place your hands on the armrests. Suck in your gut and raise yourself a few inches off the seat, using your hands and stomach muscles. Hold for ten to twenty seconds, or as long as you can if less, then rest for thirty seconds. Repeat five times.

Tricep Desk Dips

Sitting at your desk all day is ruining your posture
Sitting at your desk all day is ruining your posture
Your arms can get sore when you’re at a desk all day too, especially if you spend a lot of time on the phone or tend to lean on your desk to one side. This exercise will help enhance your upper body strength and stretch out sore and stiff muscles. Place your rear on the edge of our desk, then place your palms on the edge of the desk to either side of you. Keep your feet together and bend at your elbows, sliding your rear off the desk and dip down a few inches, then push back up. Try to dip to a point where your elbows are bent at a 90 degree angle. Do this 20 times.

Carpal Tunnel Reliever

If you’re typing all day, carpal tunnel is a real potential threat. To help fight it off, stand up at your desk and place your palms on the desk knuckle first, fingers pointed towards you and keeping your arms straight. Lower your body until you feel a stretch. Hold for fifteen seconds. Repeat as needed through the day, though it’s recommended that you give this a try at least once a day.

The Wooden Leg

Workout at WorkTo keep your legs from getting stiff doing the day, there’s a great exercise that’s rather ironically named after exactly what you don’t want your leg to become. Sit in your chair and extend one leg straight out in front of you. Hold it for two seconds, then raise it up as high as you can and hold it for another two seconds. Lower your leg and repeat it with your other leg. Repeat 15 times.

Sitting Spinal Stretch

This one is great for those long days when your lower back is really starting to cause you some stress. Sit tall in your chair and stretch your arms up towards the ceiling. With one hand placed on your desk, rab the back of the chair with your other hand and twist. Hold it for ten seconds and then repeat with the other side. Do this as many times as you like.

Shoulder Spin

Tense Shoulders Are A Common Complaint
Tense Shoulders Are A Common Complaint
One of the most common complaints from office worker is tense shoulders. This is in large part due to how much slouching you do at a desk all day. A great way to keep your shoulders from tightening up too badly is the shoulder spin. Sit tall in your chair and reach your left hand behind your back between your shoulder blades, then bring your right hand up and try to grasp your left hand. If you can reach it, hold it for ten seconds. If you can’t quite make it, grab onto your shirt at the furthest point you can reach and keep on practicing. Switch arms and repeat.

The Little Mermaid at Work

Another great one for core strength and also flexibility, this exercise will help keep your shoulders limber and your lower back from getting too sore. Sit up in your chair and hold your right wrist over your head. Wrap your left hand around your wrist and pull it, stretching out your right side. Hold for ten seconds and repeat with your other arm.