Employee jealousy that extends through to the employer. What to do!
In particular, this is true if you are at a certain age similar to your employer, or you have an inflated sense of who you are and what your actually capable of. But the reality is if you are feeling jealous, then it's time to go. Take that jealousy and go out and start your own show. You will find it more fulfilling and without as much angst until of course, you experience the same situation yourself.
Women in the workforce are more likely to be jealous of their colleagues–particularly a young female employer or senior manager. If the senior manager or employer is more attractive, or has more "toys", and glamorous invitations to places that they only dream about - then the green-eyed monster rises to the top.
Instead of being happy for the hard work that their employer puts in, or the connections they may have, they are riddled with jealousy, and that's when everything goes downhill. These people cannot be saved and the best solution for them, and yourself, is to fire them. Set them lose to find a job where their emotions and in particular jealous is in tact.
Jealousy stems from insecurity. Many people dream of having it all, but don't realise how much work it takes to become successful, nor are many willing and able to put in the hard yards to attain such goals.
In the marketing, public relations, advertising and entrepreneurship games, women being jealous of women is rife. It takes a bigger person to be proud of another woman's achievements, rather than be envious, and to appreciate the hard work and determination that goes into any big achievement.
The problem with employees that are jealous of their employers is that eventually they do go, but with them comes a distorted version of everything that ever happened. In fact, they repeat the negativity so many times, that eventually they believe it as truth. It's just like someone who lies on their CV on LinkedIn. At some point, they believe that their CV is true and accurate, only to find out that they didn't get the job and they have no idea why.
if you have a jealous employee be aware and tread carefully. Start a diary of every interaction and keep times, dates and details of every communication. Ensure that you share this information in real time with other senior managers so that they are aware of what is going on.
These types of employees tend to be the ones that look to use the employment law liberally, and buzzwords like "bullying" and "mental health" to try and get money out of employers that they feel entitled to benefit from. It's not enough to pay them well and treat them with respect and the various perks that most businesses provide today. They want your purse because that is the biggest reason they are jealous of you. They want the money that gives you freedom to make decisions in life that they don't have the opportunity to do so.
Jealous employees that leave an organisation often bad mouth a company. Anyone who does that is an instant beacon for who not to employ in the future, and for colleagues to not want next to them in the office. Who knows who they will turn on next. Jealous employees are often bent on destroying people, not too dissimilar to nasty gossips.
So, what should you do? Keep a diary. Document everything. Share with others in your organisation just in case it gets nasty. These people are the ones that sue companies for millions, all trying to take a piece of something that they never earned or deserved. They can look people in the eye and lie because they have had so much experience in doing so.
My thoughts on jealous employees: convince them that their next career move is not with you, or better still, find them a job in a competitor's business. lol.