This is a recording of our live webinar with our host Tiffany Waddell Tate and special guest Christin R. Taylor. They took a deep dive into effectively setting professional boundaries in this episode of The Access Point.
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SPEAKER 1 0:10
Hey, everybody, welcome to the access point. This is a live broadcast part of the living corporate network. Access Point is our weekly web show where we strive to bring your real talk like the real deal to help you prepare for life after college and making transitions in the workforce. While our content is for everyone. We are mostly focused on preparing Black and Brown students for the future of work. So every week, we feature an incredible guest to help us discuss the topic at hand. This week, we’re talking about creating professional boundaries, doing that effectively. And we have a special guest, Kristin Taylor. So Kristin, tell us a little bit about who you are, what you do and why you said yes to the access point invitation.
SPEAKER 2 0:55
Sure, definitely. I want to thank you all for just having me here today. My name is Kristen Renee Taylor. I’m originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. I currently work for engineers made as an applications analysts on the company is pretty much a medical software company, where we actually build an application for doctors and providers, and also hospitals, hospitals to actually input charges. I’m a graduate at Tulane University in Computer Engineering in business. And also, I am a region five advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers.
SPEAKER 1 1:25
Awesome. Thank you, Kristin, pumped to talk to you. Um, I shared a little bit before we went live, but I have no hard-core stem background, I was a human and art girl turned career coach and talent development consultant. So I’m excited to talk about all the things related to career life, how to integrate those things. I think that’s Top of Mind, for a lot of my clients, but its top of mind for everyone, especially in this season, just creating boundaries around what you do, how you do it. And it can be really hard that I know, right out of college or right out of school, because you’re just trying to soak it all up. So first question. Sure. For students and early graduates who are getting started on assessing what a healthy boundary looks like, in a professional context, what are the most common mistakes that people make with regard to setting and maintaining boundaries.
SPEAKER 2 2:22
Um, the one thing that I learned as I go into my career is that everybody’s not your friend. Everybody is not for you, everybody is not against you. But at the same time, you need to understand how to set those boundaries accordingly. But at the same time, keep in mind that everyone is not your friend, you have people that are, you know, thinking, oh, we want her to feel but at the same time, you do have your biggest cheerleaders that want you to actually be a part of their organization as well. So the one thing that I’ve learned, and the one thing that I encourage it under other individuals is to definitely take time to think about your career and how you can develop yourself. But at the same time, remember that everyone that is that is working with you is not your friend?
SPEAKER 1 3:01
Ooh, that’s a hard one. I think I read somewhere that millennials, well, Gen Z, really were on the now really want to work in a place where they see a lot of value in terms of the organization’s mission, but also work in a place where they can build effectively friendships with other people. So that that’s a really good one that’s hard, like how you may be friendly, but be friends or be right. You know? All right. So what happens when people don’t move with intention around creating those boundaries, like they, maybe they, they, maybe they do step into the workplace and they try to befriend everyone early, what happens, what can go wrong.
SPEAKER 2 3:48
So the one thing that I did, I picked up what can go wrong, that that many people, when you become that friendly person, they kind of take advantage of other individuals. Um, they’ll be like, well, that’s my friends. So that friend is going to go out with me or say, for example, you go out with a friend, after you go out go to work, there are certain boundaries that you have to put in place with that. So you want to be careful with that quote, unquote, friendship that you make with that person, you don’t want to be too friendly with that person. Because keep in mind that you’re representing a company as well as representing your, your, your family, as well. Um, the one thing that I’ve learned in my career is the fact that I have a lot of colleagues that like to go out after work. When you’re in college, you have a lot of colleagues that likes to go out, maybe after an exam and celebrate, we have to keep in mind that we have to keep ourselves maintained and keep ourselves as representations of the company and of the school that we’re attending as well.
SPEAKER 1 4:42
That’s, that’s deep and it’s at a in the age of social media. You professionals wear multiple hats, so you have an organization that pays you but maybe you have another side job, maybe you this you know I think sometimes those lines can get really muddled and it’s definitely hard to backtrack.
SPEAKER 2 5:03
Right? Okay, one more thing on when you said about social media, I think it’s really important that you have to keep in mind that somebody is always watching you, someone always has a phone that has a camera on it. So you have to definitely keep in mind that, hey, if I take this drink? Or if I do something that is not correct, is there going to be social media? And is everybody going to be able to see it? I know a lot of people say that when people collegiate students apply for jobs, the first thing that a lot of a lot of companies look at is their Facebook page is their Instagram page to see what is out there. And so that that definitely is a key element on when you’re actually hiring someone.
SPEAKER 1 5:40
That’s huge. And especially in college, I have seen some college students really get stuck when they start interviewing or interning in certain industries, because it might come in to drink a little more. Get a little, you know, they might get a little test,
SPEAKER 2 5:57
SPEAKER 1 5:58
They might feel pressure to do something that’s not them to feel like they fit in. So what recommendations would you have for people who you know, are of age and want to have a beverage in there on the clock? [Inaudible] Do you think?
SPEAKER 2 6:13
Um, the one thing that I’ve always been taught, and like I said, before we go live, my father is a military man. And that’s how I’ve been taught. And so when it comes down to me representing myself, I always think about representing my parents. So if I make a mistake, or if I do something that is not supposed to be according to their rules, or something that is going to be representation of them, I don’t partake in it on the one thing that I do when it comes down to going out with my colleagues, I don’t drink, I don’t engage in any kind of any kind of thing that will actually put me at risk. Because at the same time, these are my co-workers, these aren’t my family. So they really don’t know me, personally, but my family knows me. So I really want to I really would not want to put myself in that position at all.
SPEAKER 1 6:58
Yeah, that’s huge. That risk factor is huge when you’re talking about boundaries, because I think, you know, there’s a whole gamut of, do you do you know, how drinking affects you in the first place isn’t necessary? Where are you? What’s the context? How long have you been there? Right, but the bottom of it, you know, risk and reputation is what I’m hearing you say? And risk, possibly a personal safety, too. Right?
SPEAKER 2 7:24
SPEAKER 1 7:25
Okay, can you share an example of a time that you saw a colleague, or a friend set and maintain really good boundaries at work?
SPEAKER 2 7:36
Yeah, definitely. Um, I actually work with a colleague of mine that is actually close in age to me, I’m 37. I know, I don’t look like it. Right. But she’s very close in age to me. And so in one situation where we actually went out as a as a launch party for our, the, the particular department, we actually went out after, and so she was engaging in some alcoholic substances at that time. So I advised her, I said, Hey, you might want to slow down just a little bit, you know, you don’t really know these people a lot or whatnot. But she really took my advice. And she was like, Okay, let me slow down. And then in other situations where we actually had a team, outing, she didn’t partake in those on alcoholic beverages, because she learned from her past experience, hey, let me not engage in it, because I really don’t know these people.
SPEAKER 1 8:24
So that’s huge. That’s huge. It’s, it’s, uh, I will say, you know, like I said, at the beginning, this show is for everybody, but we’re focused on black and brown folks. Yes. There is conversation that people have about you sort of professional, like navigating professional spaces, there’s sort of a popular line. But I do think that there are nuances to this as in terms of us, right, like, things that you might not bounce back from, right? We might not bounce back. And we already know that we have to, in a lot of cases, work twice as hard. Be on our P’s and Q’s, I would really love to say that we’re in a society or we’re in a time where we’re past all that people can be who they are, what they want to be, we can to a degree, but again, you know, like you said, I wrote it down, you’re like, keep in mind you represent your organization. Yes. Yes. So my business that pays you,
SPEAKER 2 9:18
Right. And the one thing that I learned is, um, and we were not a fraternity or a sorority, nesby danessa Society of like, is yours. But when we were our quote, unquote, letters, or when we were going to if someone is in a sorority or fraternity, when we are wearing something that says our organization’s name, we do not partake in alcoholic beverages because at the same time, you have to think about like, wait a minute, Chris isn’t nesby member? Why is she drinking? You know, our mission is to increase the number of coastal responsible black engineers who still academically succeed professionally and positively impact the community. So that last part, were positively impacting the community. I don’t think that is a good look when you’re drinking a beverage that is full with alcohol, you know.
SPEAKER 1 9:59
I know that about your organization. So it’s good to hear that that’s deep here, that Greek organization so awesome. I mean, that’s a really serious code of conduct,
SPEAKER 2 10:09
SPEAKER 1 10:10
To think about, you know, even in our 30s, I’m 39. But, you know, we, really do have to think about that stuff. And I think, you know, especially for college students, I remember being in high school ready to go to college, because it’s like, be you know, you do what you want to do. In college, like, Okay, I’m ready to get out freedom. You know, we really have to redefine what that really means. I think a lot about having our own agency, you know, not fumbling the bag, because of our behaviour. We have enough things we have to circumvent out here, right. So that’s good. I really, that’s great. It’s good to hear that about your organization.
SPEAKER 2 10:53
SPEAKER 1 10:54
I’m okay. In your experience, is there a such thing as too many boundaries? Or network? Does that exist? What does that look like?
SPEAKER 2 11:07
I don’t think it exists for me personally, because you can never be too safe. You can never be too cautious. Because you want to make sure that you’re protecting yourself. I know, growing up as a young as a little girl, I used to be shy, like, I would never talk to people. You know, I just I didn’t communicate with individuals. But when I stepped up stepped foot onto the university’s campus, I will be the, the no way girl, or they know you or they know me or so on and so forth. When I got into nesby, I got this nickname. I’m not sure if you saw this in my introduction, they called me CT, they don’t call me Christian. You know, somebody introduces me, they’ll be like, oh, that CT. That’s not they don’t call me Christian. So I think it’s really important that you keep yourself aware of what’s important, and know your values and know what’s important to you. Because at the end of the day, you have to take care of you. Nobody else can take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anybody else, but yourself. So you want to make sure that you have an understanding of what you want, and what those boundaries are and what it takes to get to that level.
SPEAKER 1 12:07
Okay, thank you.
SPEAKER 2 12:08
SPEAKER 1 12:09
Tell me a little bit about like, I imagine in your professional journey, you meet folks, either on your team or cross functionally or in, you know, professional organizations, spheres, where you do cultivate relationships that are maybe not friends, but they’re friendly. So what does that look like? How do you kind of describe networking? Like, you know, I think a lot of times college students think about networking in terms of looking for a job. But if you look at your profession, you’re always networking and building your network. So can you talk about what that looks like, and how you facilitate that, while also maintaining boundaries?
SPEAKER 2 12:53
Definitely, um, the one thing that I did not mention, before I started working for the company that I work for now, or before I actually got into my field of computer engineering. I worked for the non-profit sector for 15 years. Yeah. And that, that those 15 years, I’ve learned how to make relationships, meaning to get to those individuals that know are going to support me, and help me to support my organization. So when it came down to a day, we call this day in Georgia, Georgia Gives Day, where we actually raise money for the different non-profit organizations in Georgia. And so when it came down to me, asking individuals for money, it wasn’t a hard thing, because I made that relationship with those individuals. What I do see differently in a corporate sector that I’m in now, you can make relationships, but it’s not as, as deep as it was when you’re dealing with a non-profit organization. So for example, if I export somebody to donate to my non-profit organization, they’ll be like, oh, sure, no problem, like, perfect, we’ll go ahead and do that. But in a corporate sector, I think the thing is, when you ask someone to donate to a non-profit, you have to give them a reason why I give them a reason why they’re actually giving to that non-profit, they don’t really understand your passion. And so I think the thing with boundaries is, you have to be careful on how you actually relay the message, versus how you relay the message to the non-profit partner, how you relate to the message to the actual corporate representative that you’re working with. All networking is a great thing. But at the same time, we have to keep in mind that we want to be better for ourselves and how we can prove ourselves to that person.
SPEAKER 1 14:29
Awesome. That’s good stuff. Messaging, that’s huge. We might send the wrong message with what we say or no say, right, depending on how people approach us as well. So that’s good stuff. All right. So you are still in travel mode because of the nature of your work.
SPEAKER 2 14:49
SPEAKER 1 14:51
Are toggling between traveling or being you know, in a more traditional work context are working more virtually yes. What are some things that you think college students or early graduates can start doing now to practice setting boundaries in their personal and professional life?
SPEAKER 2 15:13
Um, they definitely need to understand. So be flexible, because we have a lot of jobs that actually, it may not say in our job description. But if it helps us to become a better person, and a better person that fits that role, go ahead and take that on, because that’s going to make you become something better. I recently earned my six sigma yellow belt. And that’s something that a business major we get, but here on your computer engineering major getting a yellow bill, and a lot of people like, Well, why don’t you get your yellow bill, but that’s something that is going to help me to advance myself, and to help me advance my skill level in helping my team. And so I definitely think that a lot of young people that are coming out of college now they need to be flexible on what it is that you’re doing. Um, another thing is, definitely look at the different things that you can do to advance your skill level. And what it is that you’re doing. So let’s say for example, you have a computer engineering position. How can I definitely work to not only be a computer engineer, but have that business mind-set as well? Um, I tell a lot of people, I’m going to get as many certifications as I can, right now I have to, but I’m working on more as we speak, because I’m always advancing my mind. And I’m always learning because everything is changing. Technology is changing, every single second is changing right now. So one of these days, it’s going to be no more Facebook was next.
SPEAKER 1 16:31
Year, right? I’m going to reserve my comments about Facebook. But you’re right, I love that like staying flexible is a big part of boundary setting in your professional life. Because sometimes you go in and we see, okay, this is the job. Maybe there’s some other duties as assigned the other duties as assignment. You know, hopefully, you have a good manager that will tell you this, but if you don’t, is to soak up as much knowledge as you can, while they’re paying. Right like they’re covering the cost of those certifications are helping. Why wouldn’t you that’s like, free money. That’s what I free gain for later.
SPEAKER 2 17:07
Now company gives us a stipend for our education we get at least I think its $12,000. Oh, my gosh. Yeah. That’s awesome. So I definitely like it. Somebody whose company does that. Definitely go back to school, get a Master’s, get a doctorate. Take advantage of that, because they’re paying for you to go. Take it.
SPEAKER 1 17:28
Okay. All right. I’m going to check the question box. We’ll see you can have this come in. Sure. All right, one person said, while protecting yourself. How should you engage positively with co-workers?
SPEAKER 2 17:44
Be honest. If you find something that you don’t agree with, you know, let that person know. So that way you can be aware they can be aware of how to take on your personality, how to wit and what buttons not to push on, I definitely would say be honest, because at the same time, you want to make sure that that person is aware of what’s important to you. What’s not important, what buttons to push with buttons to push? I will say be honest, be honest, is really key.
SPEAKER 1 18:13
Okay, thank you. All right. Let’s see what other questions we have coming in. Okay, I do want to Okay, while we’re waiting for a few more questions to come in, I’m taking notes while you’re chatting because you’re dropping gems for real? Thank you. I want to go back to everybody is not your friend. Okay. Everybody’s not your friend. Have you personally or people that are close to you experienced a situation in the workplace, where, you know, somebody might have been, you know, doing the hard court press of, Oh, I want to be your friend. I want to get to know you. I want to know everything about you. I got to know everything about you. I can’t work with you. You don’t know how you felt? And how did you know?
SPEAKER 2 19:13
I’m though so this did not happen in my corporate sector. This happened in the non-profit sector. What happened was someone the person kind of, Okay, how can I say this correctly?
SPEAKER 1 19:26
More of a real crowd.
SPEAKER 2 19:30
The person got on my bedside needless to say, and when I got on my bedside, they got on my bed list. And so the person when I transitioned out of that non-profit role into my corporate role, there’s always a there’s a coldness is when somebody is when you’re when somebody is applauding watch who’s not applauding. And so that person was an important wasn’t excited about my transition out of that role. So it kind of made me feel like okay, you’re all gung ho for me you’re like rooting me on. But when that happened? Yes, that’s what it is exactly, was when I move out of that position, that person was just like, I don’t want to deal with you anymore. I’m like, whoa, wait a minute. Yeah, it was it was mad in bed. But what I’ve learned was another quote, you can only kindness. So go to that person like, hey, how you doing, you know, you’re having a great day, I’ll give that person something for his or her birthday. Make sure that I know that I’m thinking about them. And the great thing about it is when you do that, they see that you care, they see that you still want that relationship that you have with them. And from that experience, we’ve gotten closer as a result of that. And it hurt for a little bit. But I had to grow up about it. I had to be the 37 year old Christian and just go on with it. So yeah. Suppose for a second.
SPEAKER 1 21:01
I’m sure it can be really uncomfortable. Because you don’t I mean, even right, like in our personal lives, when people are operating, and you don’t quite know what their motivations are. You can feel hard to navigate a space that feels like there’s no trust, like you don’t know what their motivations are. You don’t know what’s happening. But especially at work, but you know, something you said about killing with kindness. You don’t have to, you know, my girl, Michelle Obama said, when other people go low, you don’t have to go down to work because you were moving on to another position. But things always come back around, especially, you might not expect, right. So like, whether or not that person actually like matures or not, you made your own reputation and how you operate matters so much, because there’s nothing else you said, I wrote it down. Watching you always, yes. I think people really underestimate that. Yeah, you know, it’s not just the people you’re trying to network with, or your supervisor or whoever. You’re never you never know how that’s going around in your in your professional life, especially so.
SPEAKER 2 22:20
And one thing that I teach Bible study at my church, I teach to teams, and I tell them all the time, I say someone is always watching. I say y’all are watching me that a little boys, watch you, the little girls watching you, whatever you’re doing, make sure that you’re setting the example. And I tell them that all the time, if they go somewhere else outside of the church, or they go to another classroom, the one thing that I always say is set an example. That’s all that does. They will tell you today right now, like this Christian says an example.
SPEAKER 1 22:51
That’s good. Yeah. Okay, tell me about a time that, you know, it might not have been you, it might either someone else, you know, where they really fumbled. On setting some professional boundaries. It could be in the interpersonal department, it could be in terms of setting boundaries about workload, right? Like, it could be a number of things like where you’ve seen somebody fumble, and how it impacted them.
SPEAKER 2 23:21
I can use it a great example because I’m actually I’m not going to but my I have a colleague that’s going to do it on the project that I’m on right now. We have someone that is not here, that is a very key player in the in the international project. I’m actually Thursday, I have to do a presentation about the project. But the person that is a key player in the project is not speaking about the project. But that’s the project manager. So they know everything about the project. So she felt some kind of way when it came down to Okay, well, we want Christina present, we don’t want you to say anything. Like, whoa, wait, this is her. This is her project, like she needs to say something. And so the boundaries that she said she was just like, you know what, you got it, I’m going to be able to help you out. I’m going to make your slide deck for you. I’m going to make sure that you have everything that you need to be successful. So the thing about it is, she’s helping me to become a better me. So that way, I can be able to go on and be better at what I’m doing right now.
SPEAKER 1 24:23
Yeah. Okay. That’s interesting. Yeah. Huge. Being able to not take things personally, I think she’s a big part of boundary work because people slip up real quick. I think assignments are a personal thing. I mean, if you have a really toxic manager, I think we have episode about toxic workplaces coming up. But, you know, for the most part, if you assume positive intent, probably not personal. It’s like, Listen, let’s spread the load of this word. Let’s give people the opportunities. To do something they might not normally do, which will help in terms of their growth, but it also helps the bit strength of the team. Exactly. Okay, that’s huge. All right, I’m looking at the chat. All right. Somebody in the chat earlier said, they used to work at a place that will crack open beers at the end of the day building.
SPEAKER 2 25:22
Oh, I can do it. Oh, my God. Neat. Yeah. Wow.
SPEAKER 1 25:29
That’s really common to some, well, just like a lot of organizations will, you know, especially in sort of the tech start up space, want to have a great place to work ratings, a basketball court, a bar chart, cafeteria. Some beds, you can take a nap, you know, so I think students are, you know, moving into workplaces, where the, what I call the old school way of being really clear on what’s work and what’s not. It’s real blurry. Yes. Oh, I think the topic is very timely.
SPEAKER 2 26:10
Yes. All right.
SPEAKER 1 26:35
Okay, so here’s a question about so I know earlier, you said, um, when you’re representing the organization, you’re representing your person and your people, but specifically for the organization. What are some areas, whether that’s online or off, that, you know, or experiences like, I think a couple folks were talking about conferences and holiday parties in the chat, places in real life or digitally, that people need to be mindful of representing their organization positively.
SPEAKER 2 27:13
So right now, being Deborah deliquent, COVID-19 is going to be totally digital. You know, we have to remember that, hey, if we’re on a call, or like, I used to be a great example, my best friend texted me today. And we’re talking about having lunch, like a working lunch while you’re actually doing a zoom meeting. Um, that’s the one thing we want to keep in mind. Um, so for me, checking, turning the camera off. I’ve seen a lot of clips where people are doing something else, and not penances visitors or meetings. So I think it’s important that now in today’s world, being that we’re all virtual, well, some of us are all virtual, I think it’s important that we do it on a on a virtual edge. Because right now, you know, sometimes I can give a good example, when I have a meeting, I always try to wear something that has a company name on it, if I’m meeting with someone else, or if I know that I’m meeting with a client that is interested in joining our organization, I always wear something that says my company name, or when I’m having an sp meeting, I have an SV t shirt on just to let them know, like, Hey, I’m going to hold about you joining this organization, what can I do to make you join it? You know, and I can see my passion about it as well.
SPEAKER 1 28:25
That’s pretty cool. I love that. I love that. I try to do that, like in my, you know, in my last role, or my, I guess my role. You know, when I was on the road pre pandemic, I would often pair like a special lapel pin or park on my bed with my alma mater. You know, because if you’re really especially on a roll that in a roll that’s externally facing like yours, yes. You know, convert clients, we can call it what we want, right? Whether you’re fundraising, sales, whatever, if you’re engaged, external constituents, and you’re trying to transform their experience in some way. You know, little those little things that nobody tells you to do. They matter. They matter. And people will remember so that you can put your own kind of flavour on it too. Right. Yeah. I love that.
SPEAKER 2 29:19
All right. We have some folks dropping off because they have other meetings. Well, thanks for letting us know Marvin, glad you joined us.
SPEAKER 2 29:32
Thank you, Mr. Marvin.
SPEAKER 1 29:35
We got people dialing in from Dallas. Texas, okay. I have family there. New Jersey.
SPEAKER 2 29:43
Okay. My brother lives in New Jersey represent anyone from New Orleans.
SPEAKER 1 29:48
Houston, I don’t see anyone from New Orleans.
SPEAKER 2 29:51
Okay, what about Atlanta?
SPEAKER 1 29:55
I don’t see in Atlanta. Tell us where they were dialing in.
SPEAKER 2 30:02
Okay, okay. Do we have that 125?
SPEAKER 1 30:09
No, but I bet they will get the recording at the end.
SPEAKER 2 30:12
Okay. Great. [Inaudible] Members.
SPEAKER 1 30:23
Are cities, not their school, so not sure? All right. Well, all right. So, like I mentioned at the top of the show, the access point is part of the living corporate network. We meet weekly, we have a new theme every week, we have a new guest every week. If there are topics that you all want to see that you haven’t yet, please let us know. You can follow live in corporate on social media. At living corporate, I believe our team will drop it in the chat. So folks can go and follow share some of the gyms that you’ve heard tonight. Kristen, I want to ask you one, maybe one final question. All right. So as early career professionals, are thinking about creating effective boundaries, what is one thing if nothing else, if they walked away that they walk away from this conversation with who you are with one thing? What would it be?
SPEAKER 2 31:26
I’m going to go back to what I started with. Everybody’s not your friend. Got to have those that that have your back. But at the same time, be careful with it. Um, yeah, I just, I just think today, come on, mother. That’s just something my mother always taught me. She’s like, Christian, everybody’s not for you. Everybody’s not going to be, you know, rooting you on. But you have a select few, and I’m going to be honest with you. On my cell phone right now. I have three in my top favourite. And that’s it has my mom, my first lady of the church, and my brother. That’s it.
SPEAKER 1 32:01
Okay, okay. But none of those co-workers though.
SPEAKER 2 32:07
Engelen another thing. Another thing that I’ve done, I’ve done if you have it on your phone, turn on your Do Not Disturb.
SPEAKER 1 32:17
That’s a really good boundary we should have talked about Okay, maybe. Okay, so do Not Disturb talking about how you navigate notifications when it comes to your email, your phone text messages. Now companies are using slack group me. So how we’re thinking about college, you when we were in college, we weren’t necessarily doing all that stuff. Yeah. You know, you step into work. And there’s all these different communication channels. Yeah, students be thinking about, you know, making sure they’re navigating and like it plugging into the channels, because they are important, but not being overwhelmed by them, because they can get it whelming.
SPEAKER 2 32:59
Got you. Um, I don’t do not disturb is an awesome feature on the one thing that I have a bad habit with. I have clients that are in Los Angeles. So when it comes down to emails, my email stays on my phone, because I got to, I got to stay in tune. Because I have a client. For example, I had a client email me on Sunday. And usually, I don’t sometimes don’t answer my emails. But my thing is, I love my job so much. And I love the people that I work with so much, meaning not my co-workers, although my co-workers, but the people that I want to succeed in using this application. I’m going to answer it regardless of my Do Not Disturb comes on at one o’clock in the morning. But I’ve had people Yeah, totally. I have people that can bypass that do not disturb and those are those three people, my mom, my first lady and my brother. Um, and then I’ll get up in the morning and I’ll check my email. I’ll check my messages. My Do Not Disturb doesn’t come off until eight o’clock. So yeah, like, okay, okay, let’s go. But yeah, comes on it one goes off at eight. And then I’ll dedicate some time and I’ll go ahead and answer those emails. But if it’s before one o’clock, and I’ll see that email come through with that, my job so much. Like I said, I want those individuals to see an answer that says me, I’ve always been like that, um, and I worked at our house in new residence life. When I was on campus at Tulane. My boss needed something I answered, you know, I was like, hey, what you need, I’ll be able to take care of it for you. That’s all I know. All I know is hard work.
SPEAKER 1 34:33
Okay, that’s right. Because I do believe that some work ethic and thinking about boundaries, you have to I think whatever it is, I think intentionality is key. It’s not a one size fits all. Some people are very rigid with their little nine to six. I’m available. After that. I’m not yeah, make your life where you’re on because you’re trying to grind you’re trying to you’re trying to get that next stretch promotion but ality is really key and communicating. So like I do, I do use Do Not Disturb and there’s a shortlist of people that can get through and thoughtful about protecting my weekend time. Like if it’s not funny do not keep my daughter off camera. Oh, great. I’ll do it. If it’s not like she’s not really she’s not fully dressed. So we need to keep her out Cameron. Boundaries. Okay, so if it’s not something that’s mission critical for the for the work, if it can wait later, that’s something that yes, the middle of my career, I started getting more hip to because I was approaching burnout. So sometimes those boundaries were setting for other people at work. Sometimes we’re setting them for ourselves, and we don’t. Because if we don’t, then it could spiral out of control really quickly.
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Yes, you can.
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All right. Okay, Christine. Well, how can if folks want to stay in touch with you? What’s the best way to do that? Can they find you on LinkedIn?
SPEAKER 2 36:06
Yep. Find me on LinkedIn. It is on linkedin.com backslash Christine Taylor. Facebook, I am there, but you can’t find me. I am on Instagram, as I am. See Renee, on that spill, I, I am C r e n e e on there’s a request to actually put my information in there because, um, I have a private profile. Let’s see. What else am I on? Yeah, that’s pretty much the three social medias. But, um, if someone wants to email me, you can email me at my first name. Remember the letter R firstname.lastname@example.org. And yeah, that’s it. But I’m open to any questions. Any other experiences like this, I want to definitely thank you all for definitely having me. I really enjoyed my time here. And I look forward to doing this again. Like I said, I like to engage with young people. And I’d like to help individuals become better individuals.
SPEAKER 1 37:02
Awesome, Christian. Well, I know I deeply appreciate your time, I’ve learned some things. And I know all the students on the sorry, recording after session to everybody that registered. So you may get some messages from folks on LinkedIn that weren’t on tonight. But I do appreciate you joining us for the access point. I wrote down so many notes everybody’s friend. Keep in mind that you represent your organization. Manage your own risk and reputation. Be flexible with your growth, be honest with people, but also take note that when everybody’s applauding is good to pay attention to who’s not so I got some other stuff too. I’m not going to read it all. But listen, Kristin, you drop some gems. We appreciate you. Appreciate you. Everybody. Thank you for joining. We’ll see you next week. Same time, same place, new topics. Have a good night.
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