The spiritual leader Avalaura Beharry said: “If you don’t learn how to defend your boundaries healthily, you teach others it’s ok to trample all over them. “
In the workplace, like in any group settings, you may find yourself working with people with different personalities and work styles. Your buttons might be pushed by others, or you find yourself in uneasy situations. Therefore, you need to set professional and personal boundaries, which are rules that define what is acceptable and what is not fair to you. Setting boundaries in the workplace will help you avoid stress and burnout, as well as protect yourself from disrespectful treatment.
WHY DO YOU NEED BOUNDARIES
The purpose of defining what is acceptable and what is not acceptable for you is to be productive and valuable to the organization. This requires you to understand your role fully and also understand the role of your supervisors and peers. Before setting boundaries, you need to understand the organizational culture and how your values align with the values of others. Once you know the work environment you are in, you will be able to adjust your communication style and reinforce the desired way you want others to communicate with you.
Clear boundaries will protect you from workplace bullying and harassment. It will also control unnecessary conflicts and will increase your job satisfaction.
HOW TO MANAGE AND MAINTAIN YOUR BOUNDARIES
Remember that you create and define your own professional and personal boundaries. Before demanding others to respect our pre-defined boundaries, make sure that you respect others and you follow the professional code of conduct of your workplace.
Once you are sure that you do your part, you can start to communicate precisely how do you like to be treated. Always remember, only what you allow is what you get. If you encounter a situation when you feel that your boundaries are violated, address the issue as soon as possible with the person. Approach them with respect and avoid any hostility. Use only positive statements and do not attack them. Explain how you would like to be treated and show them how respectful you are dealing with them.
In case the other person does not respect the boundaries you define, consider escalating the situation to a higher authority. Your position will be critical if for any reason you do not demonstrate what you demand from others.