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It's All About Boundaries

It might be tempting to hang out at the water cooler half the morning and indulge in the latest gossip, the fun anticipation of the office lottery pool, or friendly sports bets. But these easy friendships with coworkers can begin to spill over into your personal life, and that's when things get dicey.

Setting boundaries is a good idea, but where do you begin? Can you set boundaries without hurting someone's feelings? Can you keep your work relationships healthy even while you decline invitations that infringe on your personal time?

It's possible, and it's probably easier than you think. These hard-and-fast rules can help you set boundaries that will keep you sane -- and keep your job secure.