Leaders understand that having the freedom and ability to balance your professional and personal lives creates autonomy, which studies show improves employee engagement and productivity. To get the most out of their employees, leaders care for people both personally and professionally. Leaders also care for themselves personally and professionally. To lead in both spheres, demonstrate
Leaders understand that having the freedom and ability to balance your professional and personal lives creates autonomy, which studies show improves employee engagement and productivity. To get the most out of their employees, leaders care for people both personally and professionally.
Leaders also care for themselves personally and professionally. To lead in both spheres, demonstrate boundaries, take control and don’t feel guilty about it.
Here are the Six instances you shouldn’t apologize for:
- Not checking email 24/7.
You do not need to be on email every waking hour. Things will not break down if you do not immediately respond to an email. You do not need to prove that you are working all the time. You don’t have to be a work martyr. If anything, sending and responding to emails all the time suggests an inability to prioritize and manage one’s time. Show your leadership, and be more judicious in your use of email.
- Having personal interests in addition to work.
Work is a part of the many facets that make up your life. Hobbies and other interests make you an interesting person, and people like working with interesting people. Continue to cultivate your outside interests.
- Being late because of a medical appointment.
If you do not take care of your health, you will be unable to perform at your best. See if your healthcare provider offers evening or weekend hour appointments. If your doctor does not, schedule your appointment during the weekday and keep your appointment.
- Leaving early for a child’s activity.
Don’t apologize for being a supportive parent. Leave work early if there is the occasional afternoon game. If there are a lot of games and you have a partner, try to divide the number of activities that you attend between the two of you.
- Not traveling for work on the weekend.
People generally understand that weekends are days off for workers. For professionals, they may find themselves sometimes still having to work on a Saturday or Sunday. Show that you are flexible but have some boundaries. Let your manager know, for example, you can work a few hours on Sunday though are unable to travel until the weekday. Be proactive if you have a say in scheduling offsite meetings with clients so that they don’t start on a Monday morning.
- Wanting to work from home on occasion.
Working in the office can be stimulating but also distracting if you need to focus. It is okay to want to be alone periodically to work and be in a different environment. You may have to ask your manager if you can work from home. Cultivate trust so they are willing to provide you the privilege now and in the future.
While you may initially feel uncomfortable with setting boundaries with your manager, you could be helping your employer by being your best self. Live your life, and do not apologize for it. Trust yourself to make decisions that work for you, and stand by them. And allow your colleagues to trust and respect you. Demonstrate your leadership at work and in life.