During our lives, we meet a lot of people who become a part of them, and our work colleagues are some of the people we spend the most amount of time with. Whether you work part time or full time, it is important to feel comfortable in your workplace along with the people that work side by side with you.
In order for that to happen, it is important to set clear boundaries at the workplace that will define your comfort zone and let people know what is not okay as far as you are concerned. These 4 tips for setting boundaries at work will help you do just that and feel good at your job with the people you see almost every day.
1. Define your do's and don’ts
In order to set boundaries for others, you have to first recognize the things that are acceptable and unacceptable for you. Once you do, voice yourself if someone has crossed your boundaries and make sure they realize what are the things that you don't feel comfortable with.
2. Speak out
Setting boundaries for others has to be accompanied by clear communication that can't be interpreted in other ways. For instance, if your boss wants you to do certain work assignments after business hours and you don't want to, tell him that you are not available at certain hours. You can also meet him half way and talk about the things that cannot be moved to regular buisiness hours so that both sided get what they want.
3. Take it one step at a time
Setting boundaries takes time, so you have to be ready for some of them to be violated at first until you are better able to convey what you want and need. After you decide what is acceptable and unacceptable for you, understand that this is just the first step on the road to firm and clear boundaries. Make sure to reinforce your limits everyday so that people learn what is okay with you and act accordingly.
4. Speak out right away
Many people who feel uncomfortable about something that happened at work don't bring it up while it is happening, but take time to think about the situation, analyze it and think about how to bring it up. In the meantime, the person who violated their boundaries has already forgotten about it and moved on. So, if you want to set clear boundaries, don't be silent when someone crosses them. Speak to them as soon as it happens because if you wait, there is a great chance they won't understand what you are talking about.
Our co-workers are people we see almost every day, so it is important to have a good relationship with them. For that to happen, you have to feel comfortable at your workplace and the best way to do that is to set clear boundaries that will help you stay in your comfort zone without someone crossing it.