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Work Life Boundaries

Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek has been researching work-life boundaries for over a decade and has co-written a book entitled CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age. Below you can learn more about her book and find some of her most popular publications related to Work-life relationships.

CEO of Me

CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age

You are the CEO of your life: you, and nobody else. You can establish the new rules that will help you achieve true balance between work and the rest of your life. And if you don't do it, nobody else will. Now is the time to take control, and this is the book that will get you there. CEO of Me is like no other "work-life balance" book you've ever seen: there are no clichés here, and no one-size-fits all solutions. Instead, Drs. Ellen Kossek and Brenda Lautsch help you identify which of six worklife "patterns" you fit into and how to move towards a pattern that's more productive and comfortable for you, one step at a time. As leaders of North America's largest research projects on work/life balance, Kossek and Lautsch are singularly well-qualified to write this book. Drawing on their unparalleled research insights, they show how to identify the personal triggers that cause you the greatest stress...make the small changes that make the biggest difference...make technology work for you, not against you...redraw the lines between work and family as your life changes...master powerful strategies for managing yourself, your colleagues, and your supervisors...leverage emerging work options that are available to our generation for the first time. The authors' radical new approach will transform the way you view both your work and your life and help you make the practical changes that lead to true fulfillment.

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Hourly Workers Need Flexibility the Most, But Are Often the Least Likely to Get It - Harvard Business Review

Late Night Email: Blessing or Curse: Integrator or Separator - Wall Street Journal

7 Work-Life Balance Lies That Are Ruining Your Life - Time Magazine

Kossek, Ellen Ernst (2016). Managing Work Life Boundaries in the Digital Age. Organizational Dynamics. 45: 258-270. 

Kossek, E. 2016. Organizational support and empowerment of diversity in work life identities. In Roberts, L., Wooten, L., Davidson, M (Eds.) Positive organizing in a global society: Understanding and engaging differences for capacity building and inclusion (pp. 176-184). NY: Taylor & Francis.

Kossek, E. 2016. Implementing organizational work-life interventions: Toward a triple bottom line. Community Work and Family, 19: 2, 242-256,

Kossek, E. & Lautsch, B. 2012. Work-family boundary management styles in organizations: A cross-level model, Organizational Psychology Review, 2(2) 152–171. DOI: 10.1177/2041386611436264

Kossek, E., Ruderman, M., Braddy, P., Hannum, K. 2012. Work-nonwork boundary management profiles: A person-centered approach, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Selected as Monograph (longer featured article),; 81: 112–128.

Kossek, E., Lautsch, B., Eaton, S. 2006. Telecommuting, control, and boundary management: correlates of policy use and practice, job control, and work-family effectiveness. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 68, 347-367.

Kossek, E. E., R. Noe, DeMarr, B. 1999. Work-family role synthesis: individual, family and organizational determinants. International Journal of Conflict Resolution, 10(2): 102-129. (Lead article).

Find out more about CEO of Me:Flexstyles and the Worklife Indicator

The WorkLife Indicator assesses an individual's approach for managing the boundaries between work and family. The integrated individual feedback report and development planning guide provide concrete strategies and tips to increase effectiveness and engagement.

If you are interested in using the worklife assesment for research or student teaching, please contact Dr. Kossek at

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