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Workplace envy

Author: Vidaillet, Bénédicte Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 183 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780230205499Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Workplace Envy Contents List of Case Studies Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction 1 The Complexity of Envy A complex psychological process Definition of an episode of envy An emotion that can remain unconscious Self-comparison with others at the heart of envy Envy and how we see others A painful comparison An other similar to oneself Envy and identity A revealing experiment The professional identity: at the heart of our identity Envy, desire, and frustration A violent and painful emotion The venom of envy Envy is self-destructive Envy and negative feelings Envy must not be mistaken for jealousy The paradoxes of envy Card 1 Am I envious at work? 2 The Effects of Envy on the Organization Envy destroys ties No ties, no organization Poor group cohesion Dissatisfaction with work and withdrawal A bad relationship with one's manager Self-isolation and depression xi xiii xv 1 11 11 12 12 14 14 14 15 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 28 29 30 31 Hostility, aggressiveness, and destruction Harming the reputation of the envied person Envy and sabotage Envy and destruction "The tall poppy syndrome" An increasing staff turnover Some paradoxical effects of envy in professional environments The reproduction of the system Envy leads to action Envy or sense of morality? How are these paradoxical effects related? Card 2 Identifying the symptoms of envy in my team 3 Envy, Desire, and Mimetism The dassic conception: autonomous in one's desire A motivation that is independent of others One exception: the theory of equity The hypothesis of mimetic desire Fascinated by the other's desire From imitation to violence Mimesis, envy, and rivalry Model and rival, rival because model Double mimesis and the spiral of violence A difficult acknowledgment A new look at the cases of envy, from the perspective of the mimesis theory Stimulated by the rival Friend and rival Annihilated by the heroes An ambiguous relation to the other 4 How Management Systems Produce Envy The equalitarian utopia Banning envy Fear of envy and death of the group Generalized envy and violence as a means of motivation Reinforced rivalry At what cost? 34 34 35 36 38 38 40 40 40 42 44 45 46 47 47 48 50 50 51 52 52 53 55 56 56 57 57 58 59 60 61 62 64 68 69 Systems that promote comparison and the development of envy Hyper-rationalization, computerization, and increasing standardization An obsession for performance Norms, standards, and labels The use of common criteria The need to simplify Common, but simplistic, criteria Producing sameness Interchangeable places The "staging" of comparisons The designation of models Forced ranking Under serious criticism An impact on quality or performance A system that impacts on self-esteem Interpreting differences between individuals as differences in worth How traditional societies protect themselves from envy Nothing happens by accident Simplified cause and effect links The rise of frustration and the inescapable grip of envy Can envy serve as a stimulus? The "one best way" impasse The role of the manager Limitless envy: a production of the system Systems that induce envy Card 3 Identifying the risks in my organization Evaluation of performance Retribution Possible advancement within the organization 5 Envy and Narcissism in Contemporary Organizations Psychoanalytic contributions to understanding envy Captured in an image The Oedipus complex and how the subject experiences lack and desire 69 70 70 71 72 72 73 75 76 78 78 80 80 81 82 82 82 82 83 84 84 85 86 87 90 91 91 91 91 92 93 93 94 First phase: the exclusive object of the mother's desire Second phase: the mother's desire is directed towards the father Third phase: introduction to lack and desire Becoming a subject Envy in the construction of the self The psychological roots of mimetism Organization and the Imaginary Register From controlling the body to controlling the mind A constant exploitation of individuals' narcissism A "Managinary" system and envy Envy -- a direct consequence of the system Caught in the triangle of envy The damage caused by narcissism Killing the other Overwhelmed by one's limitations Richard Durn or the "failed self" A loser of hypermodernity From impotence to omnipotence "Blowing up" the triangle of envy Noemie, or the narcissistic collapse When the organization turns its gaze away Detaching oneself from the other Narcissism and envy in traditional organizations From Narcissus to Nemesis Card 4 What should I do if I am envious of someone who, I feel, has been more successful than myself? 6 Situations that can Trigger Envy Emotions are inevitable in the workplace Toxic emotions in organizations Typology of situations that may give rise to envy When the places of individuals change Organizational change and redistribution of roles Change and emotions Will there be a place forme? Fear of not being up to the job The place of the other in recruitment Recruiting two people who are too alike Who will take the boss's place? 94 95 95 95 97 98 99 99 100 101 101 102 103 103 104 104 105 106 107 108 111 112 113 115 118 119 119 120 121 122 124 124 125 125 127 127 128 Generational envy Envying one's subordinates The envious recruiter Envy and mentoring Career management and individuals' respective places A promotion that opens a gap between individuals The disastrous effects of a poorly handled promotion An environment that either fosters envy or keeps it in check The dangers of evaluation "by peers" An unbearable dependency Depending on the same resources Destroying the nourishing breast Sharing rarified resources Depending on someone else's skills Dependence in a team Depending on a consultant Remaining vigilant 7 Healthier Organizations The worst scenario: letting envy take control Limiting mimetic processes Avoiding getting stuck in failure and frustration Being able to bounce back Turning failures into learning opportunities Choosing the right managers From envy to harassment A constructive manager A maturity that requires work Being able to assert oneself as a subject in the organization Ability assessment, coaching, and self-worth A professional experience that makes sense Towards a "good enough" organization? Card 5 What can one do to prevent envy from growing out of proportion? Performance evaluation Rewards and incentives Recruitment Promotion and career management 130 131 131 132 133 133 134 136 137 137 138 138 139 140 140 143 144 146 146 148 149 149 150 151 152 152 154 155 155 156 157 158 158 159 159 160 Distribution of resources: budget, clients, information, employment, etc. Organizational change Card 6 What can one do to avoid being the target of envy? Be a strong team player Avoid putting yourself in the spotlight Show appreciation for the person who envies you Introduce processes of emotional regulation Be willing to distance yourself from the envious person Conclusion Notes References Index 161 161 163 163 163 163 164 164 165 169 175 182

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