Setting Healthy Boundaries at Work
by Dr. Cheryl Williams-Jackson
Mental Wellness Coach
For those who are naturally drawn to accidental or intentional over-commitment, the workplace can be an ideal place to create unhealthy boundaries. It is also an easy place to have loose boundaries when you are working for someone else because you may worry that you will lose your job or miss out on promotion opportunities if you are not going above and beyond.
Standout employees are sought by employers, but there is a limit to how much time and effort you should invest.
It might be time to re-evaluate your boundaries if it is largely interfering with your personal life, making you stressed, or taking up most of your time.
Although the tips shared here may not apply to your specific work environment, think about how they might benefit you.
Consider These Boundaries
1. Understand what your work expectations are. When you get hired or get a promotion, it’s a good idea to have your employer lay out exactly what the work expectations are.
That way you and your employer both have a clear idea of what your job description entails.
● For example, you may know upon being hired that your job requires “light travel.” If you find yourself traveling every weekend, what conversations are needed with your employer? Clarification and negotiation are key components in setting boundaries that will work for you and your employer.
2. Set limits on your time commitment. With today’s technology, it’s possible for people to contact you at any point. You can receive work emails during the night or phone calls during dinner with your family.
- If your place of employment is non-emergency related, have certain times of the day when you won’t look at emails or receive phone calls. Let fellow employees or employers know certain hours when you won’t be available. It is so important not provide access to you 24/7 by colleagues or your employe
WJ Developmental7 Ways to Protect Your Inner PeaceA Journey to SerenityHello, beautiful souls! In our bustling, always-on world, finding and maintaining inner peace can sometimes feel like a Herculean task. But it's so essential for our mental, emotional, and physical...
Finding Realistic Self-Care: A Journey Towards a Self-Care Mindset Here is an experience that resonates with many – you are participating in a workshop with the anticipation of unearthing pragmatic self-care skills, only to grapple with the challenge of integrating...
Gaining clarity in various aspects of your lifeIs crucial for living with purpose, balance, and meaning. One area that deserves special attention is your self-care. Understanding what you want and need in terms of self-care enables you to create a personal roadmap for...
COPYRIGHT © 2022 WJ DEVELOPMENTAL CONSULTANTS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.