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Talk to your boss about getting a life

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Establishing a healthy work/life balance can be hard. As your boss gives you more and more work, it can be hard to juggle it all. Some tips on how to approach a conversation with your boss on this topic:

Determine if there is a problem. If the lines between work and home are starting to blur, it may be time to look more closely at your tasks and determine whether you need to cut back. Make a list of all the projects you have been assigned and point out the ones that are causing you the most stress.

Meet with your boss to talk about it. Have an honest conversation about your workload. Be prepared to discuss options on how to schedule or change your tasks to make sure you meet deadlines and can still fulfill or even exceed your job’s responsibilities.

Tell your boss what you like. When your boss does something that you like, let him or her know. For example, if your boss usually sends out to-do lists on weekends or late at night but then on a random Monday morning sends out a complete, organized to-do list for the week, praise that email. Let your boss know you appreciate the Monday email because it helps you focus and get organized for the week ahead.

Speak to HR. If you feel uncomfortable speaking with your boss or your boss doesn’t change anything, try speaking with human resources. They can help you better understand company policies and the best action to take to fix your problem.

— Adapted from “How to Talk to Your Manager About Your Work-Life Balance,” Amy Elisa Jackson, Glassdoor.

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