Setting boundaries can be a powerful tool in supporting good mental health in the workplace and in our personal lives. In any relationship, a boundary can help define healthy and unhealthy behaviors, setting clear expectations from a place of care. Boundaries are often personal: they can vary based on the relationship or circumstance, and look different for everyone. To find common ground, remember that clear communication goes a long way.
Listen to your gut
When you’re feeling uncertain, ask yourself the following questions. Checking any of the nos below, may mean it’s time to set a boundary.
What's getting in the way?
You may feel hesitant to set boundaries at work. Common fears can include:
Will this cost me my job?
Will people still like me?
Will I miss out on a promotion?
Communicating kind "nos"
No and the reason is...
I can't do this but...
Parts of me
I was feeling a little nervous/hesitant to raise this, but I’d like to speak to you about…
I understand this is important, but I am not he right person to take this on.
I won't be able to do that, but what I can do is...
A part of me wants to do it, but another part feels...