How to deal with jealousy at work

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Author: Małgorzata Majewska, expert at

When it comes to jealousy in the work environment, one thing is for sure - it has unpleasant consequences. Jealousy distracts us from work and forces us to make constant comparisons, which never do any good. advises how to deal with this phenomenon.

First, we must admit to ourselves that we feel jealous. Only then can we begin to grapple with the problem. If we are unable to admit it, jealousy will poison our professional relationships.

How can you minimize jealousy at work and stay focused on your goals? Below are our tips.

Jealousy of the achievements of others:

  • Let's talk to the boss: let's analyze the previous year's projects and present it to the boss. Let's remind him of our achievements and ask why we didn't get a promotion. Make it clear that we want to be promoted or raised at the next opportunity. The boss may not be aware of our achievements and completed projects - notes Małgorzata Majewska, an expert of It is very useful to keep him informed of the progress. Perhaps thanks to this, when a more responsible position appears, the superior will propose our candidacy.

  • Develop Your Skills: Ask the person whose achievements we are jealous of for some tips on how to improve their qualifications and improve their performance. Let's put personal considerations aside, we do it for us and our career development.

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We are the object of envy:

  • Keep some things to yourself: Often it is not a closer relationship with the boss, a promotion or a raise that creates the hostility of colleagues, but the way employees display it.We don't have to talk about dinner with the CEO, mention an important conference in which we will be attending, or talk excitedly about a new position or a raise with colleagues who were less fortunate - explains Małgorzata Majewska. Even a saint would have trouble smiling and enjoying our successes in such a situation

  • Let's not apologize: Not everyone wants to hear the surprise in our voice when we receive a raise or promotion, and statements like "I don't deserve such consideration." There is a good chance that others may not agree.

  • Let us minimize tensions: If we are a new manager, let us encourage former colleagues to cooperate and show that this is where our strength lies. It is worth taking care of the development of your team members. Our managerial strength lies in the strength of our team. Let us appreciate and promote valuable employees, while not forgetting the weaker ones - advises Małgorzata Majewska.