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Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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The great thing about Harvard Business School Professor Perlow's book is that she makes it clear that companies can actually change the way they work and break the 24/7 habit.” Huffington Post
Our refusal to break from work often actually reduces our effectiveness and can even lead to burnout. How can you learn to let go? In Sleeping with your Smartphone, Leslie Perlow suggests that part of a leader’s job is to teach his or her team to manage boundaries between work and private life. Disconnecting really is the solution: the workaholic consultants at Boston Consulting Group are proof. They made the decision to disconnect from work at given times, reviewed their work methods, and found ways to work and live better!” Business Digest (France)
"A well-presented book with lots of practical tips for the workaholics! Even if change cannot be achieved at the organisation level you still get the sense that by making some small changes to how you work you can achieve a better home-work life balance." BCS The Chartered Institute for IT
Perlow proves that we do not have to be hostages to our everyday devices - advice that is needed now more than ever.” Business Executive
So if you are looking for a way to be more effective as a manager, or team leader, turn off your phone and read Sleeping with Your Smartphone.” The Chronicle Herald
Sleeping with Your Smartphone, should be required reading for any senior executive concerned about the dysfunctionality of "always-on" connectivity.” The Observer (UK)
Sleeping with Your Smartphone provides excellent, proven principles for how to bring change into an existing corporate culture and how to empower employees to join in the fight to make the company better.” Examiner.com
If you’re looking for a book title that captures the frazzled, anxious life of executives who are too worried about work to ever unplug, you probably couldn’t do better than Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow’s new book, Sleeping With Your Smartphone.” The Globe and Mail
Leslie Perlow makes a strong case that you do not have to sleep with your smartphone, at least not every night.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Sleeping With Your Smartphone will enlighten any team trying to sync among themselves while questioning the worthwhile of on-demand accessibility.” Business Insider
ADVANCE PRAISE for Sleeping with Your Smartphone:
Professionals of all kinds complain about the difficulty of balancing life and work, but no one has had much insight about how to fix the problem until Leslie Perlow went out and did it. This book should be required reading for every consultant, manager, HR professional, and working parent with a demanding career.” Chip Heath, coauthor, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Leslie Perlow has given us a modern masterpiece, the only book that really shows how to harness those irresistible electronic intruders that now invade our lives. Sleeping with Your Smartphone is packed with evidence and specific, useful steps for building productive and creative workplaces that bolster rather than destroy our sanity and humanity.” Robert I. Sutton, professor, Stanford University; author, Good Boss, Bad Boss
Leslie Perlow, one of today’s leading experts in how organizations really function, has applied her prowess to a question that bedevils every professional: what impact does working harder and longer have on our achievements and our happiness? The answers in this marvelous book reveal that keeping our lives in balance is more important than we ever imaginedfor ourselves and our organizations.” Clayton M. Christensen, author, How Will You Measure Your Life?
Who doesn’t want to build more effective and engaged teams? Sleeping with Your Smartphone illustrates counterintuitive insights and practical actions to get it all done’ in our multitasking, hyperconnected world. The book shows how teams can improve work-life balance and increase company engagement while upping their outputall with a few small, doable steps.” Sara LaPorta, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo
Sleeping with Your Smartphone challenges the current belief that 24/7 is required for success and that we are hostages to our devices. Leslie Perlow’s strategy is brilliant because it proves that we can improve the way we live and work by disconnecting.” Kristin C. Peck, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Business Development & Innovation, Pfizer Inc.
Truly inspiring! Sleeping with Your Smartphone shows that even in the most high-pressure environments, it is possible to disconnect and become more productive as a result. I am looking forward to implementing the strategy with my own teams.” Deborah Ellinger, former President, Restoration Hardware
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Perlow is the author of two previous books, Finding Time: How Corporations, Individuals and Families Can Benefit from New Work Practices (1997) and When You Say Yes But Mean No: How Silencing Conflict Wrecks Relationships and Companies... and What You Can Do about It (2003). She has also published numerous articles in journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science and the Harvard Business Review. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a management consultant with Corporate Decisions, Inc. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in economics and received her Ph.D. in Organization Studies from MIT. Perlow lives in Newton, Mass. with her husband and their three young daughters, who serve as a daily reminder of all that is involved in successfully integrating work and family.
Top Customer Reviews
If anything, BCG has one of the worst reputations for work-life balance. Consultants often travel four days a week and are glued to their smartphones. Emails are exchanged at all hours of the night and on weekends. So even when consultants aren't at work, they're still responsive to work issues. Perlow calls this the Cycle of Responsiveness. People feel pressured to be available for work, coworkers notice the availability and contact them, schedules adjust to allow for the responsiveness and the cycle continues until it creates a culture.
The experiment was simple. Each consultant on a team would take one night off each week. Just one night of not answering emails until midnight, not working on PowerPoint slides in the hotel room and not sitting in the client's conference room until 8pm. Perlow's thesis was that change needed to be implemented as a team to address the cultural roots of the Cycle of Responsiveness.
The experiment almost immediately ran into trouble. Consultants didn't want to appear lazy or entitled in front of their coworkers, so they'd skip the night off, but then resent anyone who didn't do the same.Read more ›
Unfortunately for them, this behavior created a "cycle of responsiveness" where genuine pressure to be on got amplified though the consultants' own actions. As they adjusted themselves to demands from clients and teammates by adapting the technology they used, altering their daily schedules, and modifying their interactions with their families and friends, their colleagues experienced this increased responsiveness, and their colleagues' own requests expanded rather than shrank. Interestingly, it was not the long hours or constant connectivity per se that bothered the consultants and led them to consider leaving the firm; it was the unpredictability of these hours. None of them could ever plan anything in the middle of the week.
As expected, the consultants could not break the cycle of responsiveness alone. What is exciting and unexpected in the book is that fundamental change did not require top management support or buy-in from clients.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being40plus is a comprised of women 40 years of age and above, Professional women who look for ways to improve on our work environment. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Cheryl Bowman
HBR professor implements a consulting intervention in a consulting company. What about? How consultants can "switch their mobile phones off one evening per week! Honest! Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by MythBuster DownUnder
The author has written this with incredible depth and detail. A good perspective on how much work must have gone in to change the culture. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by BostonSox
this book simply says other ways of doing business without being so seduced by gadgets and being tied up into one way of achieving and reaching said goals and plans. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
Ignore the title of this book. It serves only the publisher's marketing purposes. Focus instead on the subtitle: "How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by Robert Morris
Sleeping with your Smartphone offers a way of thinking about and implementing priorities. While it is a very well-researched book, it is very readable by civilians an, easy to... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by SueH
Several years ago, Leslie Perlow began what most people would think was an impossible experiment: getting individual team members at Boston Consulting Group - a consulting firm... Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Busy reader