Work-life and work-family relationships are undergoing dramatic transformation in our society. New technology such as cell phones and text messaging, changing social norms and work and family structures, have led to an unprecedented era of blurring of boundaries between work and home. Many individuals across the economic strata are feeling some form of work-family conflict and stresses, though it may look and feel different depending on one's job, personal and family demographics, and the organizational or cross-cultural context in which one is embedded.

Control over where and when one works is increasingly important to employees to enable effectiveness on and off the job. Mental and physical and family health are all  linked. Learning how  to implement flexibility to move from the margins to the mainstream of organizational change is a critical managerial challenge. Dr. Kossek seeks to help organizations learn how to create  sustainable careers and sustainable workplaces.

This website provides current and scholarly work-life content based on the research and teaching of Professor Ellen Ernst Kossek, who is a leading researcher and educator on managing organizational change involving work-life and flexibility initiatives, gender, diversity and leadership;  and international human resources management, multiculturalism, and  workplace inclusion. Dr. Kossek teaches graduate students and managers on current organizational behavior and human resource challenges. She frequently consults, gives speeches, and partners on research with employers in  Europe, Asia, and Americas.


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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 work life "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. Draw​ing 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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