Assets Or Assassins

The phrase “green with envy” is thrown around rather casually when one speaks of someone who wishes to be someone else, or have what someone else has. However, I believe the concept has become misconstrued. Does it imply the standard interpretation above, or is it that the envious one believes that someone who has what he or she wants does not actually deserve it?

Beware envious employees.

Green People

Some of us have been the object of an envious person, and some of us are, in fact, envious. Both sides of this negative trait may cause an array of problems in today’s corporate America. Far too many envious people are emerging and with such vengeance that they actually cost companies more money. These people are so difficult to work with and for that they drive some of the best talent straight to the competition.

If this scenario sounds familiar, pay close attention to understand just how costly he or she can be to an organization.

How do those “green with envy” develop? Usually, they are quite happy with their path in life. They are successful, lead a righteous life, and care about others. These people even have others who look up to them and want to be like them, which make them feel good about themselves, and they believe their success is going well.

They are “paying their dues.” They are college-educated, have worked their way up the corporate ladder, and are doing everything they are supposed to do to climb even higher. So they open their arms to other employees as if to say, “Follow me, I’ll show you how to pay your dues and lead the glamorous life that I have. Stick with me and I can get you where you need to be.” This makes them feel good because they believe they are helping people, and they love the attention.

What disrupts this happiness occurs when another individual achieves success at a faster rate. The envious person becomes angry and feels that life is unfair because someone else was just lucky and didn’t actually deserve success. In fact, he or she may have deserved it less! The “unlucky” person feels that anyone who is not educated, experienced or qualified for success is certainly not deserving of anything equal to or more than that of the envious person.

Corporate Hazing

The above condition may be labeled “corporate hazing.” It can take the following form: “Hey, new person, we have decided to let you take over this special task everyone hates to do, and we will pretend that we are giving it to you because you are so talented.”

The best thing the new person can do to avoid ridicule is to create a better solution to the old task everyone dislikes, and make it a success. Then, watch out! The hazers will see that upper-management likes what the new person has done, so they begin to plan his or her demise.

The best way to combat this is to document everything. A great example is an employee I have who was not well liked when I hired him because his position was designed to “shake up” the old way of doing things. Having been warned in advance, he carried his now-infamous little green book. Everywhere he went, he documented everything he did during the day and everything he was asked to do.

When the envious employees emerged and attempted to demonstrate the new employee’s incompetence, he refuted their claims with his book of notes. He was quickly respected and was never questioned more than once by anyone. His green book is extremely popular, and now everyone has asked me for one.

A Word To Managers

Managers see envious people as slightly impolite, with a strong approach to business and rather blunt words for co-workers. Managers may also sense this type of employee is somewhat needy, but justifies this as someone asking questions to learn more about the company in order to advance.

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