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What to Do When Coworkers Are Jealous of Your Success

What to Do When Coworkers Are Jealous of Your Success

Congratulations on your promotion! You’ve worked hard, put the time and effort in, and it’s finally paid off. You have the title, status and a raise. Now it is time to celebrate – except not everyone at work shares your excitement.

You probably were not expecting your coworkers to be jealous of your success.

Here are 3 tips to handle other people’s drama over your promotion:

1. Do not apologize, explain or complain.

Not everyone at work appreciates your effort and despite what they may say to your face, when you get the cold shoulder or are no longer invited to lunch – it is not personal even though it feels that way. Your coworkers behavior says more about them Besides you may be resented further if you suddenly become modest or claim, you were not going after the position. Do not give your frenemies anything they can perceive as a weakness.

2. Confront the Negative.

If you find yourself in a situation where someone in the office takes out their anger on you because of the promotion, pull them aside and talk it out. Let them know you noticed the tension, and you want to understand what is going on with them. Stay professional and do not let your emotions drive your reaction to their anger.

Change is always challenging because it forces us to shift perspective.

3. Develop strategic relationships

Change is always challenging because it forces us to shift perspective. Getting a promotion is a change that requires a different perspective, including who you consider allies. Stay focused on what is expected of you, and associate with people who are aligned with your ultimate goals.

This can be one of the toughest hurdles – to recognize some people are not really an ally. Every workplace has negative people and your promotion may have been the trigger to bring out this negative person. You did not cause it.

Stay focused on what you are charged with doing, show up at your best and let your light shine on.

About the Author Cynthia Howard RN, CNC, PhD

Performance Consultant. Unleashing potential in leaders and organizations through innovative performance development.