Okay, so the employees of your MSP company aren’t exactly like the children making up your family, but there are similar relationships. Comparison is a great way to ensure the daughter in the middle has a baby well before she gets married. Comparison between siblings or employees breeds contempt. Avoid this. Dangers of comparison between employees in your company include:
- Banishment of individuality
- Non-productive competition
- Destruction of collaboration
Banishment of Individuality
An MSP company whose management favors one employee over another, directly or indirectly through comparison, is going to incidentally set up a model of behavior to follow. Now, the rest of your team will be emulating the individual you’ve exalted, which means their own idiosyncratic talents and abilities will be sidelined, reducing the surface area of ability defining forward operations.
If you compare new and old employees to those who are functioning as you desire them to, then you’ll get competition of a bad kind. Imagine two lovely ladies competing for the attention of a rich suitor. Neither lady cares about the suitor; their competition is bound up in personal pride. As such, winning his attentions yields no love, it’s just a conquest. This is the basic plot of the horror comedy Death Becomes Her with Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn. You don’t want employees fighting one another behind your back like overblown caricatures in a film!
Destruction of Collaboration
How can you collaborate with someone who you despise? Jealousy and anger are fostered in employees who have been compared with one another. This makes it hard for them to work together. If passive-aggressive digs don’t define interaction, then less-than-effective work practices of an uninspired type will. People will do the bare minimum to accomplish directives, they won’t give it their best.
Avoiding Internal Comparisons
Your MSP company will have employees who outperform others on your team, but don’t compare them one to another. That doesn’t mean you can’t recognize excellence, it just means you don’t make one employee’s good work a standard to live up to.