As athletes from around the world compete in London, workplaces in the U.S. appear to be hosting competitions 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.

The survey was based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

Managers were asked, "In your opinion, are employees more or less competitive with their coworkers than they were 10 years ago?"

Their responses:

2012 2008
Significantly more competitive 8% 12%
Somewhat more competitive 41% 34%
No change 48% 24%
Somewhat less competitive 3% 23%
Significantly less competitive 1% 3%
Don't know 1% 4%

A little friendly competition in the office is healthy if it inspires great individual and team performance, says OfficeTeam. Rivalry between coworkers can often 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.

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