Best Practices: Setting Boundaries and Being Productive
These ideas about faculty health are not just for faculty but also for organizational leaders. A department chair recognized the power of departmental culture to influence individual experience and wanted to use that power to encourage healthy productivity among her faculty. Rather than normalizing overload, she wanted to “abnormalize” it. So she purchased copies of Making Time, Making Change for each of her 29 faculty, asked me to facilitate a workshop on the book, and consistently made it clear that healthy productivity was a core value in her administration which would be supported and rewarded. Along similar lines of systemic intervention, I have had the president of a distinguished liberal arts college with 110 full-time faculty participate in a half-day workshop and go forth enthusiastically with all kinds of ideas of what he could do to encourage healthy productivity at his college.