In a Nutshell: Issue 79  


Comparing ourselves to other employees and colleagues can have a negative effect within the workplace. The role of managers is crucial here, and this article looks at what leaders can do to minimise the potential negative fallout of social comparison. 

Reviewed by:

Melanie Green, Research Adviser

Melanie joined the CIPD in 2017, specialising in learning & development and skills research. Prior to the CIPD, Mel worked as an HR practitioner in a technology organisation, working on a variety of learning and development initiatives, and has previously worked as a researcher in an employee engagement and well-being consultancy. 

Melanie holds a master’s degree in Occupational Psychology from University of Surrey, where she conducted research into work–life boundary styles and the effect of this on employee well-being and engagement.

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