In The News This Week…August 6

6 Ways Healthy Office Competition Builds Teams and Improves Productivity

by John Rampton

“Competition within companies is a controversial topic. Some argue it increases output, while others say it creates a negative, cutthroat culture. Both arguments are valid, but there’s not a single right answer. Certain businesses create a cutthroat culture and promote it, while others emphasize teamwork through competition. A collaborative approach has the benefits of competition without the negative undertones.”

 

5 Ways New Managers Can Protect Themselves from Burning Out

by Christian Kinnear

“Your company just promoted you, and you’re a newly minted manager. After a well-deserved celebration and many congratulatory messages, you come face-to-face with one harsh truth that comes with your new role–the lack of empty time slots in your calendar. In my experience, new managers tend to make one crucial mistake–trying to do it all. They attempt to keep up with their own workload while making themselves constantly available to their team. As noble as those intentions may be, working 15-hour days won’t make you a better leader. After all, no one does their best work when they’re overly stressed.”

 

Research: To Be a Good Leader, Start By Being a Good Follower

by Kim Peters and Alex Haslam

“There is no shortage of advice for those who aspire to be effective leaders. One piece of advice may be particularly enticing: if you want to be a successful leader, ensure that you are seen as a leader and not a follower. To do this, goes the usual advice, you should seek out opportunities to lead, adopt behaviors that people associate with leaders rather than followers (e.g., dominance and confidence), and — above all else — show your exceptionalism relative to your peersBut there is a problem here.”

 

5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed by Your Workload

by Alice Boyes

“If you have moments of feeling overwhelmed by your workload, here are some suggestions to try.  Not all of these will be right for everyone, so pick what you think will help you. But always, always start with taking slow breaths (it’s better to focus on slow rather than deep breathing).”

 

How Managers Can Prevent Their Teams from Burning Out

by Jen Fisher

“No organization wants to burn out its employees. And yet, according to new research, companies’ efforts to prevent prolonged stress among their staffs are falling short. When Deloitte recently surveyed 1,000 full-time employees in the United States, we found that that 77% had experienced burnout at their current jobs, and more than half said they’d felt it more than once.”