Healthy boundaries in the Workplace: –
Recent studies have shown that work related stress is by far the major source of anxiety, predominantly lead by technology that enables us to lead 24/7 work lives with no boundaries. Here are our ten tips on how to set healthy boundaries in the workplace to increase your productivity: –
Set boundaries and don’t be shy asking for help
Begin with you and your colleague/s composing a list of the things you believe you are most accountable for in your job. This exercise will be an eye opener and enable you to establish any discrepancies between the lists. Prioritise the items that you think you should be concentrating on and lastly negotiate any previously agreed priorities.
The four D’s.
Sort through your to-do-list addressing each of your tasks in one of four ways
Do it, Defer it, Delegate it or Drop it. The important thing is to tackle each issue only once and move on to the next.
Create structure by establishing an Agenda
By establishing an Agenda, you are more in control positioning you as a Leader. A weekly set meeting for example is more beneficial than having your boss continually popping into your office unannounced.
Once you have established the areas where you need to focus on, ensure to start setting limits. For example, make sure you do not check work emails between 6-9pm in the evening.
Communication is Key
You need to communicate to your team confidently and clearly. For example, ensure your team know the exact hours they can contact you, so you are not disturbed at all hours.
Delegation means been a Good Leader
Learn to delegate, this is a skill that can be developed, and it is important to learn to let go and trust your team. It also enables your team to show their strengths.
Take time to respond
It is important to learn the art of ‘pausing’. Instead of just keep saying ‘yes’ take time to pause before responding. Buy yourself some time and say, ‘this might work, I will just check my schedule and get back to you’.
By establishing healthy boundaries, others may react negatively. If this occurs, this is a sign that the boundary is working effectively and is necessary. It is also helpful to picture how you will deal with it if your boundaries are getting crossed and visualise how you would address these situations. This way, if a moment like that was to arise, you will be able to deal with it more rationally rather than emotionally.
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