Resilience at Work: Setting Boundaries


Setting boundaries Again, another part of resilience though
in order to set boundaries you need to take responsibility, so if
you’ve got too much work you need to take responsibility for
setting boundaries around your workload. That means you may need to have a
conversation with your manager, you may need to manage your own time so
boundaries can be with other people as well as yourself. If it’s time management then are you
spending a lot of your time daydreaming, focusing on other things? Are
you spending a lot of the time really quite focused?
Are you taking the breaks necessary to allow you to be focused? If not
then take responsibility for setting boundaries around lunch,
around tea breaks. So setting boundaries is all about
taking responsibility so again taking responsibility and boundaries go
hand in hand some of the boundaries for work
would be possibly a boundary around emails, so we work in a society where its 24/7 emails so do you have a
boundary around it? For example if you wanted to get some kind to work life balance do
you have perhaps one evening per week where it’s computer, email, phone, free so you can give that time to your family or are you
on constant alert with emails? So let me just tell you what happens when you retrieve an email at home that’s negative where
you become angry your body goes into a stress response,
shuts down sixty percent you become more irritated if you have a family you are going
to be more irritated with them so invariably they take the brunt of you
not having a boundary around emails so it’s a silly thing but just
doing that small thing consistently week in week
out it means your family know that that
evening is especially for them. If you don’t have that it becomes a
free-for-all and if you are answering emails at eleven o’clock in
the evening and sending emails specially if you are a
manager to somebody who you’re managing at 11 12 o’clock think about the
expectation you’re sending to that person its unsaid but what are you really saying? You know, have
you vocalised, communicated with that person?
Have you set a boundary? quite simply “I am not expecting you to answer the email, respond to the email. I was not expecting that at all it’s
just how I work” So setting boundaries if you are manager
around that is really key.

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