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An examination of envy and jealousy in nursing academia

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posted on 30.03.2022, 04:11 by Michelle ClearyMichelle Cleary, Garry Walter, Elizabeth Halcomb, Violeta LopezVioleta Lopez
Aim To discuss envy and jealousy and how their positive and negative aspects among nurse academics affect the workplace. Background In nursing academia, jealousy and envy are common emotions, engendered by demands for high productivity, intense competition for limited resources, preferences for particular assignments and opportunities for promotions. When these feelings are moderate and part of everyday rivalry, competition and ambition benefit the organisation. However, jealousy and envy can have serious consequences including damaged relationships and communication, and the undermining of colleagues' performance. Discussion Strategies are recommended to provide opportunities for self-reflection and consideration of how the workplace affects nursing academics' wellbeing and professional performance. Conclusion Jealousy and envy can be damaging emotions in the workplace. The embittered, hostile person can undermine and damage relationships, disrupt teams and communication, and undermine organisational performance. Discussing the positive and negative effects of envy and jealousy provides an opportunity for nursing academics to self-reflect and to consider others and their own personal and professional performance. Implications for practice Understanding how jealousy and envy impact on the work environment, workplace relationships and individual/team performance is important especially for early career and seasoned nursing academics alike.

History

Volume

23

Issue

6

Start Page

14

End Page

19

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

2047-8992

ISSN

1351-5578

Location

England

Publisher

RCNi

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

10/11/2015

External Author Affiliations

University of Sydney; University of Wollongong; University of Tasmania

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print

Journal

Nurse Researcher