Sleeping with your smartphone: How to break the 24-7 habit and change the way you work

Date: February 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Place: HBS, Cumnock 102 (new location)

Does your phone rule your life?

Can’t resist checking your smartphone or mobile device? Feel like you are “always on” at work?  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 shares with us the cost of being always connected not just on our personal lives but on our work lives and our broader organization’s productivity. But more importantly she shows how you and your team can all disconnect at predictable times and become more productive in the process. Yes - you can devote more time to your personal life, have more predictability and control, and accomplish more at work at the same time.

Join us as she gives us the good news 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.

She will be joined by Debbie Lovich, a former partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) who worked with Professor Perlow at BCG to deploy the techniques she describes in her book.

BCG employees who embraced these techniques were:
  •  30% more likely to be satisfied with their work life balance
  •  34% more likely to say they were working efficiently and effectively
  •  and most importantly, 75% more likely to plan to stay at the firm for the longer term 

Learn guidelines based on Professor Perlow’s experience at BCG and beyond on how to launch the process with your own teams. Join us to learn just how to not sleep with that Smartphone!

President's Club: Free      HBSAB Member: $30 
Guest of HBSAB Member: $30       HBS Staff: $30
HBS MBA Student: $15      Non-Member:$60


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Additional Details
Date: February 7, 2013
Schedule: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Networking & Light Sandwich Buffet
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Discussion and Q+A

Harvard Business School
Cumnock 102 (new location)
60 Harvard Way
Boston, MA 02163

 Parking: Parking included in HBS Campus Lot; Enter Batten Way or Gordon Road

Leslie A. Perlow

Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership

Leslie Perlow is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. She currently teaches Authentic Leadership Development in the MBA program and runs a doctoral seminar on the craft of qualitative inductive research. She recently completed a new book, Sleeping with your smartphone: How to break the 24-7 habit and change the way you work. More.

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