Smart Answers to Handle Jealous Office Teammates
by Kate Nasser |
Do you dislike being around a jealous office teammate? Do you wonder how to handle jealousy in the workplace? Before jealous office teammates affect your morale, consider these smart answers to handle the jealousy. The goal of these answers – minimize the affect the jealousy has on your attitude while still maintaining team spirit. Note that these answers don’t even use the phrases jealous or jealousy.
- There is no shortage. This wonderful little saying, from the book The Secret, gives you and sometimes the jealous teammates, reassurance that opportunities for success abound. Whether you say it or just think it, it levels the emotion.
- I have learned from many. I hope we learn from each other. When you speak about the path to success, it reminds others that you are still working on success. It shares your secret to success and invites them in.
- Success is all of us, not either/or! We can all succeed at the same time. It’s not you or me.
- Looks don’t create great results. Teamwork does. If the jealousy is about your looks, state your focus on teamwork. It may not take away the jealousy. It will remind you and tell teammates that results of the team depend on everyone.
- I like working with you yet I find this topic distracting. When someone gives you a compliment, a simple thank you works well. When jealous office teammates fish around for personal info, give you specious compliments, or even passive aggressive digs, setting limits and refocusing discussion on work — works well.
What other answers have helped you deal with jealous office teammates and kept your morale high?
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
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