Sleeping With Your Smartphone

How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work

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 initiative or buy-in from the CEO. All it takes is collaboration between you and your team—working together and making small, doable changes:

  • Every team member strives to achieve the same goal – an agreed upon unit of predictable time off each week.
  • The team meets weekly to discuss how each member is doing achieving this goal and to discuss the team’s work process more generally.
  • Team leaders show support for the team members’ engagement in the process.

Participants reported being more satisfied:

  • With work-life balance (54% versus 38%)
  • With work (72% versus 49%)

BCG found that:

  • Employees were more likely to plan to stay at the firm for the longer term (58% versus 40%)
  • Employees were more likely to perceive that they were delivering significant value to their clients (95% versus 84%)
  • Clients ranged from noting nothing fell through the cracks to being exuberant about the benefits

Sleeping with Your Smartphone brings you into BCG’s team rooms to sit in on their meetings and watch them learn as they experiment with making work more manageable and meaningful for their employees– while providing the highest quality service to their clients. The second half of the book provides guidelines based on the BCG experience for how to launch the process with your own team and ultimately organization.