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Jealousy and Envy: The Hidden Barrier in the Workplace
It cannot be seen, proven, or even confirmed. Only the person feeling jealous knows the truth. Most people feeling jealous will not admit it so how do you know and what can you do?
“You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” 1 Corinthians 3:3
In a recent Fortune Magazine article, Megan Hustad says “Competitive feelings can spark intense rounds of self-reflection. We see someone whose career is taking off and then ask ourselves what fatal flaw prevents us from generating the dazzling output they do. Either we’re not talented enough, or, worse, we are too lazy, shy, or contrarian to capitalize on it.”
In a Harvard Business Review article, Tanya Menon and Leigh Thompson say “People also tend to distance themselves from the objects of their envy. Though friendly competitors challenge each other, enviers have difficulty learning from and collaborating with others. That can lead to disruptions or oversights at work. In one technology company we studied, managers who felt threatened by another group’s idea simply ignored it. At one investment bank, a senior banker was so envious of a colleague’s position and power that instead of talking to the colleague directly, he communicated through a go-between.”
Following are 6 ways to deal head on with Jealousy at work:
Digging deep with our team when normal human emotions arise is a skill managers often lack. With practice and a little coaching, executives can better discern the emotions that kill productivity, collaboration, and teamwork in organizations.