We all want to get along with our bosses, but what happens when your boss doesn’t respect your personal boundaries?
BusinessWeekOnline features a weekly Q&A where readers can ask HR managers advice about job issues. A question recently addressed an issue regarding a boss that calls one of her employees at home after hours to discuss small issues and chat about things that could be discussed at work.
This could be a difficult situation for many employees. You’re afraid to risk offending your boss by asking them to stop calling, but you don’t want to sacrifice your own time by late night calls from your workaholic supervisor.
The BusinessWeek answer advised the employee to limit the phone call to ten minutes by stating at the beginning that you only have a short time to talk. This could work for a short time, and eventually your boss may get the hint, but without explaining your actions you could risk hurting their feelings. Another idea is to speak directly with your boss, and ask them to reconsider calling you at home. Make sure to explain that you are willing to be available in case of an emergency, but that you have a number of personal responsibilities that require your attention after work and the importance of dedicating your time to those instead of non-emergency business items.
This is a tough situation, and there may not be a right or wrong answer. I would like to know what others’ opinions are, and if anyone has had a similar experience and how they handled it.