How to Establish Boundaries While Still Being a Team Player
I returned from Maternity Leave in earlier this year to a world upended — after being promoted to a mid management individual contributor role before having my son. I'm in charge of a process that includes 10+ people, both on and off my team, that was completely upended due to work from home... despite reimagining the entire process, there are certain things that just cannot be done as quickly or to the same level as they were when people were able to be together.
The problem: despite lip service to the "new normal" and "adjusting expectations" our work stream now has more attention than ever because of the impact we drive. The amount of product we were producing before COVID was ambitious... and is now almost impossible. We've missed deadlines and the whole team is stressed out — but because of the increased attention, we're being asked to produce not only more, but completely new types of work. Obviously, new things, outside the normal processes, take even longer. This new work is yielded little results, as far as I can tell, while drastically increasing team stress and impacting the rest of the work that does yield results.
When I expressed concern about going down this path, I was told that I'm not a "team player."
I'm working on a presentation laying this all out as nicely as possible... but I'm incredibly nervous, given that feedback. How do I establish healthy boundaries and not get bulldozed? We work in the Agile system, and I've tried using it to help... but my leaders will work around it or teammates will refuse to use it and insist that the work still gets prioritized. Help!