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Replacing sharp elbows with soft skills can be good for a company's bottom line.

The office has long been a competitive sporting ground, whether co-workers are elbowing one another out of the way for a break-room doughnut or a promotion. And it’s only gotten more competitive in the past decade: According to an OfficeTeam survey, nearly a third of managers surveyed said they felt their team members were more competitive with one other than they had been a mere 10 years ago.

Not surprisingly, two-thirds of employees surveyed believed their workplaces were competitive.

And that's not necessarily good. In fact, letting an office become too competitive is a big risk: 43 percent of employees told OfficeTeam that they’d leave their jobs if the competition surrounding them became too intense.

Authors: Peter Daisyme

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