Building positive work relationships involves setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with your colleagues. Before setting boundaries, take some time to reflect on your values and think about what is most important to you. This can help guide you to set healthy boundaries at work.
Healthy boundaries at work may look like communicating to your boss or supervisor that you cannot work late into the evening because you need to be home with your family. It could also involve requesting that, unless you are on-call, your colleagues refrain from calling you about work late at night or on the weekends. Healthy boundaries at work may also involve expressing your limits and communicating when you have too much on your plate. This could look like asking for additional help if you have been assigned a project with too much work for one person to do alone.
Regardless of what your boundaries look like, it’s important to communicate them to your colleagues to ensure that you feel safe, respected, and comfortable in the workplace!
Check out our video about healthy boundaries in the workplace!