“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated.” – Brené Brown.
Contrary to what many people think, setting boundaries is not being selfish or prioritising yourself or putting your needs over others. It is the opposite. As Brene Brown said, having limits and boundaries is being generous to others as this means you are giving them the highest quality of yourself. It helps ensure high-quality relationships – both personal and in the workplace.
Boundaries are important because they help promote self-care. They allow you to become a better leader to your team and help you to create a better work environment.
Boundaries and Self Care
With your personal and professional boundaries in place, you know when to say “no” and when to accept “no” from others. By being clear on your limits, you show members of your team and your colleagues how to treat you. You also reduce the risk of misunderstandings, miscommunication, and conflict.
So, with boundaries being so important, how do you set your boundaries? It is helpful to view setting boundaries as a negotiation. The first negotiation is always with yourself. Ask yourself: –
- What do I need in this situation?
- How does this boundary fit with my role?
- What impact will the boundary have on the other party?
- What impact will the boundary have on the team?
- What impact will the boundary have on the business?
- How does this boundary impact our clients and customers?
By taking the time to clarify our expectations and to negotiate our boundaries we will give the team a safe place to be able to maintain a collaborative, friendly, and supportive work environment for everyone. People will know what to expect, how to communicate, what is OK and what is not OK.
Boundaries are Important
Boundaries at work are important because they help every member of the team or organisation become more comfortable at work. They help people to feel more respected and boundaries give them a mechanism to give that respect back to their colleagues. Start now and set up your boundaries in the workplace. Implement them, communicate them, demonstrate them and inspire others to do the same.