In the Office, Women Are Their Own Worst Rivals

In the Office, Women Are Their Own Worst Rivals

When did our offices turn into a scene from Mean Girls?

According to new research brought to our attention by Huffington Post Women, women are more prone to intrasexual jealousy and envy in the workplace—that is, they're more likely than men to become jealous and envious of co-workers of the same sex.

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As defined by the Spanish researchers who studied people of both sexes in the Netherlands, Spain and Argentina, jealousy is "a threat or loss of success in a relationship due to interference from a rival," and envy is "a response to another person who has success, skills or qualities that [you] desire."

Apparently, women's feelings of either can be predicted based on the idea of intrasexual competition, but men's cannot. Women are more likely to be jealous of more attractive rivals and more envious of a powerful, dominant rival.

One way the sexes are equal: Both men and women are likely to be jealous or envious of people who are socially at ease in the office.

We've written before about the impact a woman's looks have on her success in getting hired, but this new research points to the fact that the more allies in the office, the better. Communication is key to workplace success (or so we've been told) and research shows that friendships are good for your mental and physical health.

So, hey ... want to grab lunch?

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