Expressing expected boundaries to colleagues can be a challenge. Use the following tips to help you effectively communicate boundaries.
A person who is feeling resentment toward another because of the other person's behavior has an obligation to communicate his or her concerns to that person. However, communicating boundaries can be challenging, especially if one is working with someone who has a difficult personality.
If the other person is reactive, a friendly environment and attitude can prevent inflaming the behavior. Here are a number of tactics that can help with the communication of boundaries:
Expectations are only productive if they have related consequences. Consequences take place when a boundary is upheld and when a boundary is broken. Both the expectation and the consequence should be communicated together. Consequences should be:
A consequence that cannot be fulfilled is an empty threat and leads to broken promises. Here is an example of a communicated boundary:
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