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Work-Life Indicator

In today’s world of constant access and fast-paced lives, everyone struggles with finding the best way to manage their energy and time. What works well for someone else may not work well for you. Developed in partnership with Ellen Ernst Kossek, Ph.D., WorkLife Indicator is a self-assessment that measures how you manage the boundaries between work and the rest of your life. Dr. Kossek’s work, popularized in the book CEO of Me (Kossek & Lautsch, 2008), provides the foundation for understanding the choices and trade-offs related to managing the boundaries between work and family. We use the term “family” broadly, including traditional family members as well as close friends and others. Identifying your work preferences will help you better understand your approach to managing boundaries and move toward more productive and sustainable ways of managing your time and energy. WorkLife Indicator is not an assessment of your skill, but rather a picture of your behaviors and priorities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how an individual currently manages the boundaries between work & family;

  • Become aware of other approaches for managing boundaries;

  • Identify choices in managing the boundaries between work & family;

  • Understand how strongly an individual identifies with work & family roles;

  • Articulate how much control an individual feels in choosing how to manage the boundaries between work & family;

  • Develop a plan to increase effectiveness on & off the job.

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