Setting Boundaries & Saying 'No' at Work
Many of us will have been in a situation at work where we’ve felt uncomfortable or wanted to say ‘no’ – perhaps it’s a task you just can’t take on, or an approach to working that you’re unhappy with.
For such a small word, ‘no’ can be hard to say. While saying no to your boss or colleague may feel like a confrontation, ‘no’ is actually a crucial part of setting boundaries.
IDENTIFY & DEFINE YOUR BOUNDARIES
Work backwards from the feelings you’ve had in the past when you felt like a line was crossed.
TALK ABOUT YOUR BOUNDARIES WITH YOUR BOSS
Bring the issue to your manager’s attention. Request a meeting, ease into the conversation and identify what is a non-negotiable and what is flexible.
Be sure to focus on your common goals and set a follow up.
HOW TO SAY NO
Once you’re more confident in your boundaries, you may need to use them in situations where you want to say no. There are ways to politely, but firmly stand your ground.
Getting clear on your boundaries can be an important step towards feeling more satisfied at work and better understood by your colleagues.
✨ By saying no more often, you’ll be able to identify your boundaries and have productive conversations that allow you to do and feel your best work.