Jane joined a new organization. At first, she felt lonely because she did not know anyone and would therefore keep to herself. A few months into her role, she was promoted and her colleagues decided to celebrate her win.
Going out with her colleagues became the norm. With time, Jane realized that for her to perform in her new role and be successful, she had to start maintaining specific boundaries.
But how could she go from spending time with her colleagues to creating boundaries in an instant?
When you spend most of your week with the same people, you’re bound to form bonds with some of them. It’s great to have co-workers who support your goals and inspire you, and the line between colleagues and friends can often blur.
However, there is often a fine line between keeping it professional and making it personal.
Truth is, with technology, flexible work, and ever-changing workplaces, setting healthy boundaries with your colleagues is more difficult than ever before.
Whether you’re working remotely or spending your workdays within the four walls of an office, finding a healthy balance between you and your coworkers is essential to your mental health and well-being in the workplace.
So what are the boundaries you need to have with your co-workers? How do you set those boundaries?