Dr Robert P Vecchio, in ‘Managing Envy and Jealousy in the Workplace’, talks about envy and jealousy as “commonplace in the workplace because of the characteristic competitiveness of organisational life. He recommends five initiatives to counteract these persistent reactions:
- Evaluating the emotional maturity of candidates at the time of hire.
- Incorporating elements of team culture.
- Implementing incentives that support cooperation.
- Encouraging open communication.
Placing high performers [who often give rise to envy] in mentor roles.