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Sleeping with Your Smartphone

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"Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work," is by Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow. It is published by Harvard Business Review Press.

The book details the experiment of a "one night off" policy of the Boston Consulting Group. The entire team agrees to stop being always-on for just one night, starting at 6 pm.

The book's premise is that the time off the time off resulted in more than just a night of rest. The consultants at the Boston Consulting Group felt pressured to be always available no matter where they were and what the hour, and attached to their smartphones. By being available, people felt justified contacting them more frequently. That in turn created a pressure-filled cycle of constant work and availability.

But by taking one night off, they had a more positive attitude toward their work, and their clients were happier. In other words, working less brought better results. The book is about how to change company culture and empower employees to be more creative.



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