Career Advice Workplace

How To Deal With Jealousy In The Workplace

By: Mariah Rogers
Aug 22, 2020 • 10 min read

How To Deal With Jealousy In The Workplace

Jealousy can be one of the most destructive and confusing feelings, especially when it comes to being in the workplace. You are told to always be happy and supportive of everyone’s successes. However, this can be hard if you are not achieving your goals at the same rate. It can be frustrating and challenging to work on teams when you perceive yourself as the weakest link. Also, it can be even harder to watch your coworkers get promoted as you stay in your current position. What are they doing that you are not? It can be easy for your shifts to begin dragging out and for your attitude towards work to dwindle. Unfortunately, none of these attributes will aid your wishes to become more recognized and successful in the workplace. In this blog, we will share tips on how to dismantle jealousy in the workplace, to achieve your most confident and happy version of yourself. If you’d like to find out how, keep reading!

silver iMac on brown wooden desk

Re-Evaluate The Situation

Sometimes, our perspective of situations can become twisted and far from reality, especially if we are experiencing feelings of jealousy. Is this coworker you are envious of really as successful as you think they are? Do these accomplishments come with feelings of pride, happiness, and joy? Picture yourself in their shoes and wonder, “if I was in the same position, would that really make me the happy and successful employee I strive to be”? Seeing the situation in a different light can often times change our perspective and allow us to re-evaluate the current scenario.

Be Proud Of Where You Are

Prior to applying to your current job, did you ever expect to achieve all of the successes that you have in your time with the company? Being proud of where you are and how far you have come is one of the first steps to overcoming jealousy in the workplace – and in most life situations! Think back to where you were when you started this position. You were likely unaware of how to do most tasks that come naturally to you now, and familiar faces you see in the workplace started off as unknown. You have come so far with learning new skills and forming valuable workplace relationships.

Participate In Team Bonding

If you are feeling jealous of someone who works close to you, such as a teammate, try integrating team bonding activities into your routine. Not only will this help you regroup with your team, but it is a great way to explore different learning styles and problem-solving techniques. Getting to know everyone on your team better will improve productivity, success, and collaboration. This will enhance your team synergy as you continue to work on projects within the workplace. Have a professional get-together outside of the office, participate in a fun outdoor activity, or grab team dinner after work one day to further your bonding and understanding of one another.

Team bonding exercises you can try:

  • Team lunch or dinner
  • Celebrating birthdays and holidays
  • Day trips spent exploring history in your city
  • Participating in long-distance conferences to experience travel as a team

Talk It Out

It is vital to avoid creating workplace drama. However, talking out your feelings with a colleague you trust can be very beneficial for you professionally and emotionally. Explain how you are feeling and seek advice on how to eliminate this jealous feeling that is interrupting your work. Your feelings are valid. Getting advice from someone else who has seen the situation first hand could help you begin to strategize a solution. You can also make a meeting with your boss to talk about doing more work. You can suggest taking on more responsibility, managing new projects, or testing out a new idea. Expanding your work can help you build confidence and achieve success.

note paper, blue pen, and eyeglasses on white surface beside keyboard

Focus On Hobbies Outside Of Work

We spend so much time at work that sometimes, it can seem very consuming. Take a step back and put some of your focus on hobbies and projects outside of the workplace. Not only will this help distract you and re-distribute your energy, but it can be a great way to focus on yourself!

Hobbies can include:

  • Joining a book club
  • Volunteering outside of work
  • Starting a home improvement project
  • Taking an exercise class
  • Planning a vacation
  • Reconnecting with friends and family

Don’t Stop Working Hard

While jealousy in the workplace can sometimes cause us to lose momentum. However, in order to show that you are deserving of more responsibility and that you are capable of achieving great success, it is crucial to keep working hard! Focusing on the projects and tasks that you have at hand will motivate you to push harder and complete the best quality projects possible.

Keep working hard for yourself and your team by:

  • Always showing up on-time if not early
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Communicating well with others
  • Offering assistance when you can
  • Getting all projects in before the due date
  • Complete thorough and well-crafted research to benefit your team


If you are looking for more ways to help boost morale and enhance your self-confidence, try implementing self-affirmations into your routine. Essentially, speaking self-affirmations out loud helps you identify your strengths and celebrate your accomplishments. Making this part of your daily routine can help you feel more empowered and successful both personally and professionally.

Download the Top Rated Job App to get a job in 24 hours!

For more helpful content, check out our blog.





Leave a Reply