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Coworker Sabotage

Nearly One-Third of Execs Say Colleagues Have Tried to Make Them Look Bad

Toronto - Do you suspect someone at work is trying to sink your career? You're not alone, new research from staffing firm suggests. Nearly one-third (31 per cent) of advertising and marketing executives interviewed said a colleague has tried to make them look bad on the job. But it seems fewer professionals are engaging in this type of ill behaviour: This figure is down from 50 per cent in a similar study conducted in 2008.

When executives were asked how best to deal with a sabotaging coworker, 41 per cent said to confront the person directly; 70 per cent of respondents felt the same way in 2008. Another 40 per cent of executives believe notifying the individual's manager or human resources is the ideal solution, up from 10 per cent seven years ago.

View an infographic of the survey findings.

"A little workplace competition can be healthy and motivating, but if a colleague crosses the line to get an edge over fellow coworkers, it can make for a stressful environment," said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of The Creative Group. "The ability to adapt your style to a variety of personalities, and find a balance between being competitive and professional, is vital to maintaining productive work relationships and ensuring long-term career success, especially in more collaborative positions."

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