The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Coworker's Envy and Social Undermining: The Mediating Role of Workplace Incivility †

Article Details
Pub. Date : April, 2022
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJOB010422
Author Name : Sachitaa Srivastava*, Lata Bajpai Singh** and Diksha Dhar***
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 17



The purpose of the current study is to determine whether coworkers' envy has a direct effect on social undermining in the workplace. It also aims to look at the indirect effect of coworker's envy on social undermining through workplace incivility. The primary data for this study was collected from 268 respondents from the IT/ITES industry with the help of a validated instrument. PLS-SEM software was used to conduct the analysis of the structural model, measurement model and the mediation analysis. The structural model of the study investigated the direct and indirect effect of coworker's envy on social undermining through workplace incivility. It was revealed that coworker envy and social undermining, as well as coworker envy and workplace incivility, have a positive and statistically significant relationship. Additionally, a positive and significant association between workplace incivility and social undermining was discovered. Furthermore, workplace incivility significantly mediated between coworker envy and social undermining. The study is useful for both the academicians and HR practitioners/managers. It makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge on social undermining and coworker envy by highlighting the adverse consequences of coworker's envy in terms of social undermining.


In the contemporary era of cut-throat competition, human beings often experience high level of envy because of the unfavorable comparisons prevailing at the workplace with coworkers. Feelings of coworker's envy can occasionally lead to constructive