What Can I Do, Starting Today, to Set Boundaries at Work to Support More of a Balance in My Life?

Even if the culture at the office enables these boundaries, each employee has to be confident in setting them. Here is what you need to know when taking work-life balance into your own hands.

Danielle Goodrum

“Many of our clients face blurred lines regarding when to begin and when to stop work hours,” says Fernanda McElravy, customer success manager at getAbstract. “The blurring of boundaries has created new obstacles for their work-life balance, especially when employees are overwhelmed within their own lives.”

Companies currently are looking for tips, guidance or tricks of the trade that can encourage a more authentic and truthful dialogue between managers and employees about their work-life balance. “They want to know how managers can comfortably communicate in difficult times. Companies also want to learn effective methods to ensure their remote teams function well, while coaching employees through unusual and often highly stressful circumstances,” McElravy explains.

According to Melody J. Wilding’s Your Guide to Setting Boundaries at Work – Without Making Anyone Resent You, there are a number of steps that we may take to respectfully set boundaries and ensure people abide by them. She shares that “the key to staying sane while succeeding at work is to set firm, self-respecting boundaries that help you make smart decisions about how you spend your time and energy.”

With a little self-reflection, and a clear action plan we may realistically begin to see true work-life balance:

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