When people talk about setting boundaries at work, it is often in terms of personal or individual boundaries and how they affect work-life balance. This balance is certainly important, but so is office-life balance. According to a PENN Behavioral Health study, Setting Boundaries at Work, there are several types of boundaries: job responsibility boundaries, interpersonal boundaries, and personal boundaries.
These boundaries start with the founder, define how managers do their job, and impact individual employees. Here is how to set boundaries in the workplace if you are a company founder, manager, or employee.
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I used to be bad at taking breaks. I would sit down at my computer every day around 8am and not come up for air until 1pm or later. I think part of the issue was that, as a freelance writer, I am my own boss — and for many years, I was an unforgiving one; a taskmaster, you might say. Not only did I force myself to fix my eyes on a glowing screen for too many hours at a time, I also expected myself to respond to emails within half hour of their arrival, say “yes” to every assignment (even if I was overbooked), and put the needs of others before the needs of myself. Continue reading
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For some time now, there has been growing discussion about the concept of multi-tasking, and whether or not this once-lauded workstyle is, in fact, counterproductive.
During the initial integration of computers and the web into our work environments, multi-tasking was the trend and buzzword du jour. Suddenly, we were able to make a phone call, send a fax, compose an email, and (very slowly) conduct research online all at once. But tech advances and smartphones extended the influence of multi-tasking beyond the office walls—eventually creating an expectation that we should apply this mentality not only at work and at home, but in our every waking moment.