I'm part of a small team - there's the team lead, me, and 2 other people. Aside from the team lead we're all at the same level & job title.
We've always worked very well together and our team is constantly praised for the work we do. Recently - because of the praise and the amount of work we do - the team lead has mentioned expanding the team, recruiting some more people at our level, and making senior posts.
The problem is the team lead keeps saying that any of us could do the senior role(s) and they refuse to say how many senior posts will be made. We all want a senior role, and the uncertainty on how many posts are available has made some of my teammates become very competitive - trying to take work off other people, talking over each other in meetings so they can make a point before anyone else, doing work without telling anyone else in the hope that they can do it before anyone else, working significantly longer hours, etc etc.
I'm really not a fan of this new dynamic, but the boss likes it because people are producing more work. I've tried bringing it up in a team meeting before, everyone plays it down and says I'm imagining things.
Is there a productive way to stop the competition? I like a bit of competition as much as the next person, but this is starting to feel unhelpful & is making me not enjoy my work. I feel that I have to be as competitive as everyone else if I want a chance at getting the job, but I really don't want to start acting like that.