Dr. Bernadette P. Smith
Workplace Boundaries | 5 Things to Consider
Updated: Dec 17, 2022
It's not always easy to know when to set a workplace boundary. You don't want to seem unprofessional or uninterested, but you also don't want to be taken advantage of or taken for granted. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when you're trying to decide if it's time to set a boundary at work: 1. What is your gut telling you? 2. Are you being treated with respect? 3. Are your needs being considered? 4. Are you able to do your job effectively? 5. Do you feel like you're being taken advantage of? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, it might be time to set a boundary. Of course, every situation is different, so use your best judgement. And if you're not sure what kind of boundary to set, here are a few ideas: 1. Set limits on after-hours work. 2. Say no to tasks that are outside of your job description. 3. Keep personal and professional life separate. 4. Don't be afraid to ask for help. 5. Take regular breaks. What other boundaries have you set at work?