In order for others to respect you, you will have to respect yourself as well.
In addition, when we are too stressed, we tend to take the problems we have at work into our homes, and this is not good at all. In this case, issues that have nothing to do with your personal life may end up affecting it, ruining the peace and quiet in your home and inflicting damage on your relationship with the people you love. So, setting boundaries in the workplace and at home is extremely important because it will keep you from facing too much stress and from mixing your professional life with your personal one.
How do you set boundaries at work so that your boss and colleagues won’t get offended or see it as a bad thing?
According to psychologists, setting boundaries will show people that you actually have a backbone. Of course, you will have to be diplomatic about it and transmit your messages in a calm but assertive manner. Thus, you need to be properly prepared to make this step and utilize communication as the best tool to do it.
So, yes, it is not going to be an easy task, but with some planning ahead, a good strategy, and trying to communicate your thoughts in the best way possible, you will succeed.
To start with, define the values that are most important to you. You may have other values, apart from work, which mean a lot to you. Whether we are talking about volunteering or other passions that make you feel fulfilled, most certainly you would like to be able to dedicate some time in this direction as well. This means that you won’t be available around the clock, for your boss or colleagues, and working overtime will only be a rare occurrence.
When a boundary is broken, be sure to mention it and not just get upset, bringing it into discussion weeks later. If you allow time to pass by, the power of your boundary will fade away; this is why it is important to reinforce your boundaries each time someone forgets about them. Of course, be careful to do it in a calm and diplomatic manner.
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