"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. Thish
Can’t resist checking your smartphone or mobile device? Sure, all this connectivity keeps you in touch with your team and the officebut 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 teamworking together and making small, doable changes.
What started as an experiment with a six-person team at The Boston Consulting Groupone of the world’s elite management consulting firmstriggered 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 benefitedoften 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 teamby establishing a collective goal, encouraging open dialogue, ensuring leadership supportand 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 disconnectand start reading.