Erin Clifford, Clifford Law Offices partner and wellness coach, wrote an article for the American Bar Association titled “Setting Boundaries Can Lead to a Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier Life.”
Boundaries are limits and rules that legal professionals set for themselves in life, work, and in relationships. Those who live with boundaries in place enjoy more freedom to live life on their terms which translates to reduced stress levels, increased productivity, and a boost in overall well-being.
For legal professionals, defining and establishing boundaries can help avoid potentially toxic situations, enhance the overall happiness of employees, and reduce the chance of subpar work or burnout.
Here are five healthy boundaries that Erin outlines in her article:
- Create clear structures during work time. For example, having structured agendas during meetings to avoid wasting time in drawn-out meetings.
- Expect professional boundaries to be in place at all times during work. For example, using professional verbal and body language in the office; no slang words or swearing, or flirtatious actions or words tolerated.
- Respecting employees’ off-time. For example, refraining from contacting employees about work if they are on vacation, on a leave of absence, or after their work hours.
- Encouraging employees to create their own boundaries in the office. For example, encouraging employees to speak up if they feel uncomfortable about a project or a situation.
- Encouraging employees to create their own boundaries outside of the office. For example, not shaming an employee for not checking or answering an email or call outside of their set work hours.
Erin Clifford’s article explores different types of healthy boundaries, examples, and tips on how to create and/or maintain them. Click here to read the entire article.