Envy at work

Envy at work - Cassondra Boston Mgmt 853 Report Due Article...

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Cassondra Boston, Mgmt 853 Report, Due October 26, 2010 Article “Envy at Work,” by Tanya Menon and Leigh Thompson. The article appeared in the April 2010 issue of The Harvard Business Review pp 74-79. Overview of the Article This article is about envy people feel about others in the workplace. Envy is distress people feel when others get what they want. The authors have done numerous studies on this subject and have found that people at any level of the firm are susceptible to envy. Envy is hard to manage and can damage relationships while also ruining teams. Most importantly it troubles the person who feels it. Through research, the authors have examined that there are ways to prevent oneself from the feeling of envy and use it to your advantage. In one study the authors examined Scott and Marty who were colleagues in a consulting firm. They were good friends and complemented each other. Marty was the better performer, but Scott had a personality that earned him more recognition inside and outside the firm. Marty tried to ignore his resentment, but soon envy took over. His envy caused him to grow distance from Scott and the rest of the organization. Marty turned from a top performer to a poor performer. Finally, one day Marty could not control his envy and lashed out at Scott while in a meeting. This severally hurt their relationship and caused Marty to leave the firm. This example shows two very common side effects of envy which are disparagement and distancing. When people are envious they make their selves feel better by belittling the person they envy. If there is friendly competition between employees they tend to challenge each other, but when there is envy employees find it hard to learn from and work with each other. This can cause tension and disruptions in the workplace. For example at an investment bank, there was a senior banker who was very envious of a colleague’s power and position, so he refused to talk directly to the colleague. Instead, he would communicate through other employees. This type of behavior can be very damaging to an organization.
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