15th August, 2023

Get Some Air Cover to Help You Set Boundaries

With Rachel Morris

Dr Rachel Morris

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We’re not just service providers – we’re carers and helpers. This can make it hard to set boundaries and prioritise our workload. What we need is air cover.

By working together with your colleagues, you can create agreements about what to say yes and no to, and hold each-other accountable.

And you can also seek out peers outside of work, so you can share your dilemmas and feel less alone. If we keep silently struggling with saying no or setting boundaries, we can start feeling burnout, which can affect our judgement.

In this quick dip, Rachel explains how we can get some protection at work, and ask our peers outside of work for support.

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Reasons to listen

  • To understand the concept of air cover and how it can help with setting boundaries and prioritising workload
  • To learn about how shared accountability and informal networks can help give us air cover
  • To get actionable steps for finding and using air cover to make saying no easier

Episode highlights


We’re trying to solve the wrong problem


What happens when we want to say “no”


Legal air cover


Finding air cover in accountability


Air cover from informal networks


How air cover helps to cope with fear


Air cover against complaints


Action points

Episode transcript

[00:00:00] Rachel: I want to talk to you today about air cover, how to get it and why it’s one of the number one things that will help you say no. One of my favorite programs is Only Fools and Horses, which I guess shows my age, but Only Fools and Horses is about these three chaps who are constantly trying to make money. And in one of my favorite episodes, they end up going to a stately home and managed to persuade the owner to pay them a lot of money to clean their chandelier. So they have to…

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