• Maureen O'Toole

Building Business Boundaries



What I’m Thinking About: Boundaries in Business

Last week I heard a woman in the adult care industry speak about the importance of setting personal boundaries in a work environment. Oversharing between team members in a work environment may cross the line between co-worker professional relationships. Unrealistic client expectations about access to you 24/7 also crosses the line into personal time. And bringing too much of home into work and too much of work into home can erase the separation between home and work.

Why You Might Be Thinking About This: Oversharing Can Be Overwhelming

Social media sharing, work place “transparency”, and co-worker oversharing can feel uncomfortable or even overwhelming. In the world of instant information and communication, it doesn’t take too long to wonder “Where do others end and I begin?” Too much emotion at work can be distracting, adversely affecting individual and team effectiveness.

Why It’s Worth Thinking About: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Robert Frost wrote a poem with a line that has shaped my behavior for decades, “Good fences make good neighbors.” We all need boundaries between work and home, customer and provider, and teammates. We need to have private time and space to reflect, be quiet, and be alone with our thoughts. The metaphor of a fences works well here. We are our own gate keepers, and we can choose to limit how much access people have to us. And we need to ensure that we respect others’ space as well.

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