The experience of being envied at work: How being envied shapes employee feelings and motivation

K Y Lee, M K Duffy, K L Scott, Michaéla Schippers

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Abstract

We develop and test a theoretical framework that describes the dual affective and motivational experiences arising from perceptions of being envied in the workplace. We theorize that the being envied can be pleasantly or unpleasantly experienced with opposite downstream effects on motivation and job performance. We test our model in two field studies using a sample of government employees (Study 1) and a sample of employees in the financial industry (Study 2). Our results shows that being envied can elicit unpleasant moods and anxiety that influence work engagement and job performance in negative ways. The results for positive emotional experience from being envied are more equivocal showing that it elicits work engagement and performance by inducing positive moods but not pride. Implications of our findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-200
Number of pages20
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Volume71
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017

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