Participating in the Olympics isn’t easy. After all, while these athletes may be the greatest talents when it comes to their specific sport, they’ll be competing against others who are also among the best of the best.

As it turns out, these global games aren’t the only place in which people strive to be number one. It happens in the workplace, too. Employees want to produce the most outstanding work among their peers, be recognized for their accomplisments, and land the promotion everyone is vying for.

And over the past decade, a large portion of the workforce has become even more competitive. Just remember, though: “Competition drives success, but it can be a fine line between a great environment and an uncomfortable one,” says Douglas P.B. Freeman, VP of Sales for The Muse.


Infographic courtesy of OfficeTeam. Photo of co-workers playing foosball courtesy of Compassionate Eye Foundation/Steven Errico/Getty Images.