February 22, 2019

How to Establish Boundaries at Work

“Nothing quite kills the mood of a weekend like an email from your boss.

Smartphones often tether us to our jobs even when we’re not at the office, making it hard to disconnect and find the balance between work and personal time.

Many workers see after-hours requests as an opportunity to curry favor with the boss. And that can make others feel pressured to follow suit to stay competitive.

“Those workaholic bosses will always like those who put the extra effort over those that don’t,” said Lynn Taylor, workplace expert and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant.”
And let’s face it: There are going to be times when working off the clock is necessary. Emergencies pop up, deadlines have to be met or time zone differences require after-hours work.
But what happens when the behavior becomes a pattern, and you find yourself consistently getting pulled into work when you’re off the clock?

Set boundaries

In France, lawmakers stepped in to help draw the line between work and personal time. A 2017 law gives employees the “right to disconnect” from email, smartphones and other electronic devices once their working day is over. The New York City Council is currently considering a similar bill.

But most of us have to use our own judgment — and establishing boundaries can be easier said than done.”

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