Got a minute, boss?
Q As a practice manager, I'm constantly interrupted with non-urgent items like schedule questions. It's interfering with my other daily work. How can I set boundaries but remain approachable to my team?
Potter also suggests setting aside open-door time each day. "Communicate to your team that you need some uninterrupted time to take care of your regular responsibilities," she says. "But let them know you'll be available at certain times during the day for them to come talk to you." Hint: Schedule this time for the same time every day.And don't be afraid to tell team members that you're unavailable if they still approach you when you're busy. Potter suggests saying, "This isn't a good time right now. Do you mind if I get back with you midafternoon?" But do get back with these people. Their issues may not seem pressing to you, but they might be urgent for them.