Understanding Envy Part 2: Facing Professional Envy

December 21, 2020

Tanya Menon, a professor at Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, studies the deep psychological and familial roots of envy. She says it’s a natural part of life, and it’s also something that comes up a lot in the workplace – though it’s often misunderstood.

In the second episode in our two-part mini-series on envy at work, Menon tells host Morra Aarons-Mele that envy can cause us to lose focus and fixate on other people – instead of on ourselves and our work. But she says we can learn to draw good boundaries to better handle competition, fear, and jealousy in our careers.

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After Victoria’s long and difficult coronavirus lockdown, it’s now the envy of the world

If the past few months have been like a long-haul flight, Victorians are now standing in the aisles waiting for the cabin door to open, a little groggy and disoriented but relieved.

They have every right to be. No other place in the world has tamed a second wave this large. Few have even come close.

It’s not a competition

Comparing different countries’ fights against COVID-19 is not a straightforward exercise, given differences in demography, geography, health system capability and government strategy.

Perhaps most importantly, not every country has tried to get down to zero, or near zero, community transmission. This may not have been a realistic goal for countries with less border control than Australia.

Also, as Victorians understand acutely, the virus is unpredictable. Today, as the crisis accelerates in Europe and elsewhere, Victoria’s “zero new cases” are the envy of the world. But there can be no certainty about where things will be in a few months’ time.

All of this is to say that a favourable international comparison should not encourage complacency. But it is nevertheless true that Victoria’s efforts are notable on the world stage. The state’s success has warded off a significant human toll and further economic damage. As a result, Australia has a much better chance of returning to an approximation of “normal life” in the new year.

Victorians should be proud of these efforts, and the starkly different outcomes in countries that were in a similar position should reassure them that the efforts were worthwhile.

Surfing the second wave: Victoria, Singapore, then daylight

On August 5, Victoria’s seven-day average of daily new cases reached 533, the worst numbers seen anywhere in Australia.

Several other countries had similar numbers around that time, including Canada, Japan, Singapore, and most of Europe. They had taken different paths to get there; for Europe, these numbers represented a low ebb, not a peak. But the trajectories after this period diverged even more dramatically.

As the chart below shows, case numbers in several European countries began to accelerate steeply and are now much worse than ever. In contrast, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, and Australia have so far kept case numbers at a moderate level.

A chart showing the steep rise in cases around the world compared to Victora
Many countries spiralled from the same position as Melbourne.(Suppled: Grattan Institute)

But as this next chart shows, there is significant divergence even among these relatively stable countries. Sweden appears on track to replicate the sharp acceleration seen elsewhere in Europe. In Denmark and Japan, case numbers remain at a moderate level but are not trending towards zero. Only Victoria and Singapore, which peaked at around 300, have returned to single digits.

A graph showing the low numbers of Victoria and Singapore compared to other countries
On a seven-day average, Victoria and Singapore are ahead of the pack.(Supplied: Grattan Institute)

By suppressing their second waves, Victoria and Singapore are well placed to join a small club of countries that have sustained zero or near-zero cases, including New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and the rest of Australia. The dividend for these countries has been economic, not just health-related, as the chart below shows.

A dot chart plotting countries by death rate and economic loss.
A rising death rate correlated with the poorer economic performance.(Supplied: Grattan Institute)

Victoria’s lockdown has been long and difficult, but it now occupies a rare and envious position. As Victorians await new freedoms on the next step towards COVID-normal, they should feel a sense of accomplishment.

Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program and Tom Crowley is an associate at the Grattan Institute. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.

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Be the envy of your friends in this chic beach home

ONE of the most striking modern houses in Lauderdale’s new home neighbourhood Mannata Street has hit the market.

Built in 2018, this architecturally designed timber and Colorbond steel home has chic, sophisticated interiors that will be perfect for easy living.

With understated luxury and refined style throughout, this contemporary home is the definition of a beachy lifestyle property.

No expense was spared in the design and build.

On entry, the open-plan living space makes a great first impression.

This light and bright living space features a cosy wood heater with dedicated wood storage, and an easy flow into the combined dining and kitchen area.

The culinary space features matt black soft-close draws and cabinets alongside funky tapware and artisan splashback tiles, paired with premium stainless-steel appliances.

There is a six-burner gas cooktop and oven that add a touch of refined class.

An ideal entertaining home, the dining area and kitchen extend to the spotted gum wraparound deck via large glass doors.

To the rear, a sheltered space contains an outdoor granite bench with cabinets and sink, plus room for a bar fridge.

Around to the side, a suspended timber bar provides the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast in the sunshine.

The home has four generous bedrooms, each with plush, brand new grey carpet, custom-built shelving, desk space and built-in wardrobes.

The master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and a window seat that bathes in sunshine and doubles as a storage space.

Chic and modern, the bathroom is spacious and features a large bath, walk-in glass shower, Tassie oak timber-topped vanity, and a toilet.

Co-ordinated elegance continues in the master bedroom’s ensuite, with black fixtures and crisp subway tiles.

The European laundry is tucked neatly within the hallway. Additional storage is located within large linen closets nearby.

The stunning residence is flooded with natural light, enjoying all-day sunshine and warmth, with views stretching across the suburb to the top of the mountain and beyond.

Outside, the low-maintenance grounds are fully fenced and feature luscious green lawn.

A carport provides undercover housing for one vehicle, with plenty of additional space for off-street parking in the driveway.

There is also a secure lockup space for storage located alongside the carport.

Lauderdale’s No.39 Mannata Street is listed with Charlotte Peterswald for Property and priced at $725,000+.

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