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Fortune: Why and how managers should help workers set boundaries

Fortune: Why and how managers should help workers set boundaries

By using a common boundary, managers can help unleash a change process. If done right, helping the people who work for you set reasonable boundaries with their work lives will yield many benefits to your business. Read the Story »

HBR: Manage YourTeam’s Collective Time

HBR: Manage YourTeam’s Collective Time

​Time management is a group endeavor. Harvard Business School Professor Leslie Perlow shares how the payoff goes far beyond morale and retention. Read the Story »

How Our Team of Always-on Consultants Learned to Unplug

How Our Team of Always-on Consultants Learned to Unplug

​"It wasn't until Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow approached us with an interesting proposal eight years ago that we really grasped what was driving top talent away -- and began a radical experiment to improve our work-life balance." Read the Story »

The Daily Beast: Wired Executives Find that Disconnecting Can Help Spur Creativity

The Daily Beast: Wired Executives Find that Disconnecting Can Help Spur Creativity

​"Over the years, I’ve learned that being disconnected is not the same as being on vacation; it’s another form of productivity. Not only does it improve people’s sense of work-life balance, as Harvard Business School Leslie Perlow showed in her study of smartphone-addicted consultants, Sleeping With Your Smartphone it also helps nurture new ideas." Read the Story »

Share Your Job, Save Your Sanity

Share Your Job, Save Your Sanity

"Job sharing can actually ensure that you get some planned time off. As Sleeping with Your Smartphone author Leslie Perlow told us, consultants at the ever-booked Boston Consulting Group were able to get a night off every week when they started to share their jobs with their colleagues at about an 80% on, 20% off rate." Read the Story »

When Does Efficiency Become Stupid?

When Does Efficiency Become Stupid?

​"Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow has told us, workaholics aren't addicted to success; they're addicted to the validation that comes with success." Read the Story »

The Economist: The personalisation challenge

The Economist: The personalisation challenge

​EIU Editor Riva Richmond interviews Harvard Business School Professor Leslie Perlow about the risks to organizations from the undirected, always-connected work enabled by mobile devices. Read the Story »

Harvard Gazette

Harvard Gazette

​Managers and employees need to work together to constantly prioritize, to figure out what is truly important, what they can forget about, and what can they push to the back burner in order to reduce time pressure. My colleague here at HBS, Leslie Perlow, found that, in a department of harried engineers, it was powerful to simply declare ‘quiet time’ in the morning, three days a week: no meetings with or phone calls to colleagues, no interruptions, no expecting immediate responses to emails. People were way more productive. They also felt less stressed and more satisfied with their work.” Read the Story »

CEOs Find Unplugging Can Help With Work

CEOs Find Unplugging Can Help With Work

"​Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor and the author of “Sleeping with your Smartphone,” says time away from technology can make people more creative, innovative and productive." Read the Story »

Why You’re Sleeping With Your Smartphone

Why You’re Sleeping With Your Smartphone

​Leslie talks to Fast Company about why people can't let themselves step away from their work--and how to build an incentive structure that encourages people to step away. Read the Story »

3 Ways To Really Put The “Vacate” Into Vacation

3 Ways To Really Put The “Vacate” Into Vacation

​If your body goes "on vacation" but your mind never leaves your inbox, you're missing the real productivity-boosting bonuses of a work break. Read the Story »

Messages Galore, but No Time to Think

Messages Galore, but No Time to Think

​As we continuously adopt new technologies and instant ways of communicating, we might be losing our ability to concentrate. How do we manage the this on a team level? Read the Story »

I’m Out of the Office. No, Really. I Am.

I’m Out of the Office. No, Really. I Am.

"​Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor ... says time off (and tuning out) can be an exercise in humility, as employees learn that 'the world functions just fine when I’m out.' By delegating responsibility before departing, workers can see that their companies don’t collapse with their absence, and may be more inclined to take real vacations going forward." Read the Story »

5 Things You Should Know About Sleep Health in the Workplace

5 Things You Should Know About Sleep Health in the Workplace

​24/7 Jobs Are Taking A Big Toll On Sleep Health. "As a result of us being so connected, we're not only having a negative effect on ourselves, but we're having a profound effect on those with whom we work." Read the Story »

Leslie Perlow: How to Have Your Downtime—Without Missing a Beat

​Leslie talks about the BCG experiment and the impact it had on productivity and retention. Read the Story »

AZ Lifestyle Magazine

​"As a consequence of being always connected, there is no forcing function for us to think about why we are doing what we are doing at work and whether it really requires an immediate response." Read the Story »

How to Turn Work Off

How to Turn Work Off

"​The problem is that now everyone's on all the time and we come to expect that of each other. And then, we email each other late at night and we actually may or may not expect a response, initially.  But the person getting the e-mail, their response is, 'Well, maybe it’s not urgent but I should respond anyway and maybe it’s because I want to prove that had it been the clients, I was on.'" Read the Story »

Huffington Post Blog: “Why Working in the Office Is Bad for You”

Huffington Post Blog: “Why Working in the Office Is Bad for You”

​Office perks are keeping employees on the premises longer. Does this really benefit the workers? Or the employer? Actually, "all those extra hours spent connected to the office don't actually improve worker productivity. Rather it's the opposite. Worker productivity actually improves if the worker is allowed to have a life outside the office." Read the Story »

New York Times: “Yes, You Can”

New York Times: “Yes, You Can”

​Sheryl Sandberg and her new book Lean In deals with successes and challenges in seeking and maintaining leadership positions that today's women face. Read the Story »

Fast Company: “Slacking At Work Is a Controversial Productivity Tool—So Is There a Better Way?”

Fast Company: “Slacking At Work Is a Controversial Productivity Tool—So Is There a Better Way?”

​Keeping out productivity might be a question of creating a workflow that is more sustainable, by fostering a culture where people are encouraged to unplug and renew and redefining our terms of success. There are a few great steps to start. Read the Story »

Entrepreneur: “Why Being a Workaholic is Counterproductive”

​In our always-on culture, the workaholic behavior is actually making us less productive. But there is a better way. Read the Story »

The National Federation of Independent Business: “8 Best Small Business Books Published in 2012”

​The National Federation of Independent Business list features "Sleeping with Your Smartphone" as one of the 8 Best Small Business Books Published in 2012. Read the Story »

Human Capital Magazine online: “Break your smartphone dependence, it’s killing you”

​"According to Leslie Perlow, professor of leadership at Harvard Business School and author of Sleeping with your Smartphone, many professionals don’t recognise that, while accepting there are external and legitimate factors that affect how much we work – the more available we make ourselves, the more entrenched in the cycle of 24-hour connectivity we become." Read the Story »

NBCNews.com: “Management Tip of the Day: Try not responding for a change”

NBCNews.com: “Management Tip of the Day: Try not responding for a change”

​Management tip of the day, adapted from Sleeping with Your Smartphone. Read the Story »

HBR Blog Network: “Does success require sleeping with your smartphone?”

HBR Blog Network: “Does success require sleeping with your smartphone?”

​In this HBR webinar, Leslie shares the secrets from her book about changing the way you work to achieve greater personal balance, while also becoming more effective and efficient. “A cultural shift to get out of the perfection trap can also free up time to work on the bigger changes needed to bring work and life into better alignment.” Read the Story »

Huffington Post Blog: ” Breaking the cycle of responsiveness at work”

Huffington Post Blog: ” Breaking the cycle of responsiveness at work”

​It is not our physical presence at the office that can keep us trapped at work. To change the culture of boundary-less continuum, we need to redefine how we work. Read the Story »

ASTD.org: “Step away from the smartphone”

​From an experiment with a six-person team to a global initiative: the overview of the research Leslie conducted at BCG that served as the basis for the book. Read the Story »

HBR Blog Network: “The imperfect balance between work and life”

HBR Blog Network: “The imperfect balance between work and life”

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CNN.com: ” We dare you to take a real vacation”

CNN.com: ” We dare you to take a real vacation”

​Vacations make us better employees, and workplaces can benefit from the coordination required to give everyone time off. Read the Story »

Knowledge @ Wharton: “Remaking the Workplace, One Night Off at a Time”

Knowledge @ Wharton: “Remaking the Workplace, One Night Off at a Time”

​Knowledge at Wharton featured the book on their site, and included it in their Book Bound Summertime Reading list. Read the Story »