On a daily basis, we spend eight to ten hours in the office. And during this time duration, it is obvious that you become friendly with your co-workers and start treating them more as friends. It is good that if you are becoming friends with your colleagues but there are few healthy boundaries that you need to set for yourself in the workplace.
- Guidelines for the starters
This is the guideline that you need to follow with your immediate co-worker. It is completely fine if you are friendly with them. But you should think twice before sharing your personal details with them. You never know this can land you in trouble too.
If you really want to share things with them, then make sure that the person is trustworthy and will not let you down. Or it is always best to keep your personal and professional life separate. Also, consider whether the other person is also interested in sharing things with you. And if you find out that the person just keeps things to themselves, then it is better to avoid such conversations with them.
- Don’t let the help become a habit
If you want to help your co-worker with the load of work, then it is completely fine but always keep in mind about your job role and work that you are going to do other than that. Don’t let this help become a habit for your new friend. And also make sure that your closeness does not affect your work process or the performance.
- Have your own personal space
It is not necessary that you should hang out with your co-workers during the weekend too. Plan out your own things, go out with your old friends and have fun. There are chances that you may pull the plan but in the end, the decision is all yours. Sometimes drawing a line is also necessary to maintain a healthy relationship at workplace.
So, these were the few tips that you need to keep in mind to enjoy a peaceful and happy time at your workplace with healthy boundaries.