I know it may sound unkind, but be careful about how much and when you help co-workers. It’s likely to take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being which you will then bring home and transfer to your family.
Ok, so now that you’ve trained your co-workers to come to you for every little problem even though helping them isn’t your primary responsibility, you’ll have to un-train them.
Once you tell them, privately, that you’re concerned about getting your own work done and it’s causing stress, post a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door for the morning work period. You’ll be available to help between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.
Don’t violate the sign because once you do, you’ll train them to believe that you don’t mean what you say.
Yes, I know you’re a helpful person and you want to do your best and what’s best for the company, but pay attention to your own needs. Don’t get fired or tired because you’re kind and helpful.
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