Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work

Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work

by Leslie A. Perlow


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Does it have to be this way?

Can’t resist checking your smartphone or mobile device? Sure, all this connectivity keeps you in touch with your team and the office—but at what cost?

In Sleeping with Your Smartphone , Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow reveals how you can disconnect and become more productive in the process. In fact, she shows that you can devote more time to your personal life and accomplish more at work.

The good news is that this doesn’t require a grand organizational makeover or buy-in from the CEO. All it takes is collaboration between you and your team—working together and making small, doable changes.

What started as an experiment with a six-person team at The Boston Consulting Group—one of the world’s elite management consulting firms—triggered a global initiative that eventually spanned more than nine hundred BCG teams in thirty countries across five continents. These teams confronted their nonstop workweeks and changed the way they worked, becoming more efficient and effective.

The result? Employees were more satisfied with their work-life balance and with their work in general. And the firm was better able to recruit and retain employees. Clients also benefited—often in unexpected ways.

In this engaging book, Perlow takes you inside BCG to witness the challenges and benefits of disconnecting. She provides a step-by-step guide to introducing change on your team—by establishing a collective goal, encouraging open dialogue, ensuring leadership support—and then spreading change to the rest of your firm.

If you and your colleagues are grappling with the “always on” problem, it’s time to disconnect—and start reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422144046
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,260,721
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Leslie Perlow is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School. She is the author of the books Finding Time (2007) and When You Say Yes But Mean No (2003).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Does It Have to Be This Way? 1

Part I How a Team Turns Off

1 The Experiment 15

2 The Winning Formula 35

Part II The Magic of the Process

3 Speaking Openly 53

4 Passion and Action 69

5 Experimenting with Change-Together 79

6 Small Steps, Big Results 93

Part III Getting Started on Your Team

7 The Team Leader's Crucial Role 111

8 Defining the Team and the Goal 125

9 The First Meeting and Beyond 139

Part IV From Team to Organization

10 A Firmwide Initiative 161

11 Introducing Facilitators 179

12 Reimagining Work 197

Appendix: About the Research 209

Glossary: Consulting Terminology 227

Notes 239

Index 261

Acknowledgments 271

About the Author 275

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