According to a report by Plantronics, there are two types of flexible workers: ‘Integrators’ and ‘Boundary Keepers’. One likes to keep things separate, while the other likes to mix things up. Which are you? And what are the strengths and weaknesses of each?
There is a lot of talk about ‘Work-Life Balance’, the apparent nirvana of working life, but ‘integrators’, like WorkSnug founder Richard (@WorkSnugRichard), argue that nirvana is less about keeping work and ‘life’ on opposite scales, but about blurring the boundaries and accepting work as a part of life.
Work-Life Blur: Profile of an ‘Integrator’
In contrast to Integrators, ‘Boundary Keepers’ are pre-disposed to compartmentalise their lives into clearly marked times for work and times for home or social life. Interestingly, WorkSnug’s own Audrey (@WorkSnugAudrey) (wife and business partner of ‘Integrator’ Richard) is a Boundary Keeper.
Boundary Keepers can find flexible work a bit more challenging, but are most productive when ‘fully present’ and engaged in either work, or home life, and can give either one their full attention.
Work-Life Balance: Profile of a ‘Boundary Keeper’
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Are you an Integrator or a Boundary Keeper?
It’s important to remember that when it comes to working styles, there is no right or wrong. Recognise your own style, and the style of people you work with, so that you manage yourself and your interactions with others as effectively as possible.
And, if you want to tell us which you are, please do in the comments below!