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Self-Assessment: Identifying Your Flexstyle

Part One: Discerning Your Overall Flexstyle Category

This part of the self-assessment helps you determine whether you’re an Integrator, Separator, or Volleyer. Read each statement. Circle the number indicating how much you agree or disagree with the statement. Then follow the instructions for calculating and interpreting your results.

Statement

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

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All in all, I try to keep work and personal life separated most of the time.

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2.

Except in an emergency, I generally try to take care of personal or family needs at work only when I’m on break or during my lunch hour.

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3.

During my workday, there is very little blurring of boundaries between time spent on work and time spent on personal activities.

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4.

It is clear where my work life ends and my family or personal life begins.

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I rarely attend to personal or family issues during the workday.

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I almost never do extra work after normal work hours.

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In general, I don’t take work-related phone calls or e-mails during evenings, weekends, holidays, or vacations.

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In general, I talk as little as possible about my family or personal issues with most people I work with.

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I usually handle e-mails related to my family or personal life separately from e-mails related to my work.

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10.

When I’m at home, I rarely think about work, so I can fully get away from my job.

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If I work or ever were to work from home, I would work in a space that is designated for that purpose only.

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I do not think about my family, friends, and personal interests when at work, so I can focus.

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With most of my family and friends, I tend not to talk about work issues as I like to keep work separate.

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14.

If I work from home (or were ever to work from home) I make it clear that family and friends should not interrupt me unless it is important to do so.

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15.

If I work from home (or were ever to work from home) I wouldn’t handle household or family responsibilities until the workday is finished.

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Calculating your score: Add up the total number of circles you placed in each column, and write the totals in the boxes to the right.

Interpreting your score: If you circled “1” and “2” for most of the statements, you are likely a Separator. If you circled “4” or “5” for most of the statements, you are probably an Integrator. If you circled a wide variety of statements, ranging between 1 and 5, you are probably a Volleyer.

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