Setting boundaries at work can be tricky, but it’s such a vital skill to have. When you have little experience of the working world it can be tricky trying to be assertive while making a good impression. Not to worry- here are 4 phrases you can use next time you feel your boundaries are overstepped.

I want to be sure and give you correct information. Let me call you back.

This is a good phrase to use when you’re put on the spot to answer a question you know little about. Often, senior colleagues will do this to test your knowledge. Don’t be pressured to answer there and then. Pause for sec and let them know you’ll get back to them with the correct information.

I want to do my best work, and I won’t be able to do that right now.”

When you’re asked to do more than you actually can, politely decline using this phrase. Saying no is okay, even if you’re new or in a junior position.

You’ve raised some interesting points. I want to take some time to think about it and digest what you’ve said. Let’s come back to it tomorrow.”

At times your supervisor, project manager or even your employer may give you feedback regarding your performance at work. The feedback can be helpful sometimes, and other times not. In the case where you feel the feedback was unhelpful or borders on a personal attack, make use of this phrase.

This not only gives your senior an idea of how you’ve received the feedback, but you’re also allowing yourself a cooling off period before you respond.

I’m confident in my decisions.”

When you’re in a junior position, you may find that your opinions, or decisions about things get questioned from time to time. Don’t be afraid to stick to your guns. It’s okay to have differing opinions about tasks. Yours isn’t invalid.

There are many more phrases that you can use- these are simply starters to get you going. Practice using these phrases at work and trust us, you’ll get the hang of it. Before you know it, you’d have set healthy boundaries that your colleagues can respect. You can also reach out to us on AskCellCgirl if you ever need advice on setting workplace boundaries. Good luck!

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