When we talk about needing space, setting limits, determining acceptable behavior, or creating a sense of autonomy, we are really talking about boundaries.
A general misconception is that having good boundaries will distance you from others.That there will be a barrier preventing interaction. However, the truth is that when youknow where you end and others begin, you can then closely engage with others becauseyou won’t feel overwhelmed or unprotected. Setting and establishing workplaceboundaries will allow you the freedom to maintain balance, authenticity andself-advocacy which increases productivity and fulfillment at work. Boundaries at workcould include how much work you are willing to do or not do, the relationships youestablish and how to advocate for proper treatment. These boundaries could includephysical, mental, and emotional boundaries. In this training you understand theimportance of setting boundaries, while gaining valuable tools to set and maintainhealth boundaries.
importance of setting boundaries, while gaining valuable tools to set and maintainhealth boundaries.Establishing workplace boundaries could consist of saying no to overtime after beingrepeatedly asked to work more hours, refusing to answer your email or work phonewhile away from work, setting a boundary with a co-worker who makes degrading jokes,using your sick and vacation time, or taking the proper lunch breaks. Boundaries helpyou establish what is important to you, what feelings matter most for you and your yes’sand your no’s. Without the proper boundaries you could experience stress which couldlead to mental health challenges, physical ailments, heart issues and unhealthybehaviors. Here are some helpful phrases to support your boundary setting strategies:
- I can’t give you an answer right now, will you check back with me?
- I want to, but I’m unable to.
- I really appreciate you asking me, but I can’t do it.
- I understand you need my help, but I’m just not able to say yes to that, I’m so sorry.
- I’m going to say no for now. I’ll let you know if something changes.
- I’m honored that you would ask me, but my answer is no.
- No I can’t do that, but here’s what I can do.
- I just don’t have that to give right now.
you would like to learn how I can support your organization in learning effective ways to communicate boundaries. Feel free to connect with me at latashamatthews.com