Center for Faculty Innovation

Why is it Hard to Say No? Setting Boundaries to Reduce Faculty Burnout

Wed, 1 Feb 2023 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Why Is it so Hard to Say No? Setting Boundaries to Reduce Faculty Burnout.

Online Workshop: February 1, 2023 from 1-3pm.

Do you find yourself saying “yes” every time someone at work asks you to do something? Do you then find that you work late or don’t get your own work done because you are prioritizing deliverables for others over your own work? Do you find that saying “yes” to others distracts you from your own values in the workplace? Have you ever considered what would happen if you said “no” when someone asked you to do something you didn’t want to do at work? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, this workshop is for you!

This workshop will help you to reflect on why it is so hard to say “no” to work-related tasks and explore some of the positive reasons to say “no” and the negative reasons for saying “yes.” We will then explore your own values and examine whether your values are reflected in the work you do. We will end with some practical strategies for saying “no” in the workplace to improve faculty well-being and reduce burnout.

A similar version of this workshop was offered at the Fall 2022 CFI Scholarship Retreat.

Event Date & Time: 2/1 from 1-3pm

Location: Online

REGISTER through CFI's program registration website!

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Deadline: January 31, 2023 @ 12 NOON


  • Suzanne Grossman, DrPH, Health Sciences

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following program outcome:

  • Setting healthy boundaries in the workplace and aligning their work with their values

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only! If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend please email with your request.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.

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