I found this article today after talking about stress in the workplace.
Last class we discussed whether having competition in the workplace is fun (adds value) or not.
This summer I had an internship doing insurance and other forms of risk-based planning, where I got to experience this firsthand. Every week everyone’s “numbers” were posted, from interns up all the way up to full-time financial representatives. There were different contests for who could generate the most “lives” or premium.
There was also a “weekly production” sheet that was emailed to everyone as well as printed up and displayed. This was more of a way to measure productivity, so it wasn’t a contest “per se” but served as such. I remember the first time I saw my name on the list I thought it was a great accomplishment (although it was only one or two up from the bottom since I had just started). It was fun for me to see who I could outperform (at least as far as numbers go) during my short time there. I looked forward to seeing the updated numbers because of the competition aspect.
I am not sure how serious people where about it, but I know it definitely was a motivating factor for some. My good friend (who was an intern as well) was able to win some contests and earned her trip to the companies annual meeting in Milwaukee completely paid for.
In my situation, most of us were highly self-motivated to begin with, but the competitive element made going to work and trying to do well at production a lot more fun.
Found an interesting article discussing how American’s are being overworked in the workplace:
Posted by JP
Here is a short humorous video I found on YouTube about a motivated employee as he heads off to work on a Monday morning.
Posted by Melinda T.
Here is a link to a story that I found interesting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t state who was in charge of the group. Regardless, the community rallied together to accomplish their goal.
Posted by Brad
Well we spend a lot of time talking about bad managers, and I couldn’t help but think our dear friend Michael Scott is the best example of that!
Enjoy, and takes notes on what NOT to do!
– Chris G