Hello SOTGC community,
Have you ever found yourself in this situation: You’re working away in your home office when your friend stops by to visit because she has the day off for the fifth time this month … or you’re trying to meet your payroll deadline and yet again … a supervisor is late turning in their team’s payroll hours.
I know how much you love hanging out with your friends and strive to be a team player with your coworkers for those of you working in corporate … but sometimes … enough is enough, and you have to set some boundaries.
I know what you’re thinking … I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by making them think I don’t have time for them or that they’re falling behind at their job.
I hear what you’re saying, but it could be as simple as they just don’t know that they’re interrupting you or causing you the stress of potentially being late with your payroll run. So, by setting some simple boundaries, you’re not only helping and empowering yourself, but you’ll also be helping your friends and coworkers as well.
Here are a couple of tips on setting boundaries …
When your friend stops by to visit you, I know she greets you with … “It’s SO cool that you get work from home” … followed by … “do you want to go to the mall?” 🙂
Simply let your friend know that you DO actually perform work from home and your scheduled working hours are … for example … from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And that you would love to plan lunch on her day off or meet at the mall for some power shopping when you finish your work for the day.
Even though it’s more and more common for people to work from home … there are still people who don’t quite get that you do actually work and that you’re not watching TV, talking on the phone, or vacuuming your house during the day.
At the office, simply remind the constantly late supervisor by email so they have it in writing … when your deadline is. Everyone is so busy these days, and most people live and breathe by their calendars and scheduling systems. It’s possible … the supervisor entered the due date wrong and has no idea that they’re late and causing you so much stress. So end the stress by letting the supervisor know.
You don’t have to keep letting your work day get interrupted or being stressed over deadlines. Start setting boundaries … TODAY!
To your success!
Tip of the week …
Set some boundaries!
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