We all have hopes of what our boundaries at work will be in regards to work-life balance but how many of us actually have open and honest conversations with our managers and coworkers about it? Setting boundaries at work is healthy and will help prevent burnout. While setting boundaries not be the easiest part depending on your company culture, these tips will help you get started.
The first thing you need to do when setting boundaries is to meet with your manager to discuss what your expectations for boundaries are. Some companies may have made expectations very clear at the beginning but others may have a more learn as you go approach.
One big thing you need to do to is let your coworkers know what your boundaries are. If your coworkers don't know that you will not be checking emails after 5pm or on weekends, they may be reaching out to you and waiting for a response when there will not be one. Explain to them that this is how you maintain your work/life balances and allows you to show up to work on Monday refreshed and ready to take on the week.
Another important thing to remember is to manage people expectations and remind them when needed. While you may want to completely disconnect when you take a week day off, you may need to allow your coworkers to reach out in case of a work emergency (i.e. an issue with the one program you know how to use). Going off of this, you may also need to give your coworkers a simple reminder about your boundaries after they call you about something small while you are on vacation. There is bound to be a learning curve when you first set these boundaries but the longer you have them, the easier it will be.
Setting boundaries can help you improve your work-life balance and help you love your job. What boundaries do you set at work?