4 Tips on How to Set Boundaries Respectfully and Professionally
Here are 4 Tips on How to Set Boundaries Respectfully and Professionally.
1. Take Ownership
It is important that when setting boundaries in the workplace you don’t place the blame on others or the environment. Boundaries are unique to you, so make sure you are using “I” statements when discussing what you are and aren’t capable of, rather than placing the blame on others. People can’t read minds, that’s why communicating your needs and abilities is important.
2. Be Direct
Often times when people need to say no, they dance around the issue rather than being clear and direct. This can do more harm than good. Someone may think you are avoiding them or avoiding the work. It helps to clearly communicate when you need to set boundaries, minimising any confusion and resentment between employees.
3. Do it Early On
If you know that a task is going to be too much for you, address the issue earlier rather than later. This helps adjust co-workers’ expectations of you. If you start to set boundaries too late, it can become frustrating for those around you, counting on you to get the work done. This shows you are considerate of others time and effort.
4. Take a Deep Breath
Although setting boundaries can be scary, it’s something we all must do at some point. Try not to get too worked up and communicate your needs logically and professionally. Most of the time your manager wants what is best for you anyway!
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