Do you break out into a sweat when you realize you've left the house without your smartphone? Do you find yourself checking email during breakfast? While you're in bed? Your IT teams are likely experiencing the same level of anxiety about being always-connected. Smartphones are beginning to rule our lives - but they don't have to. The book, "Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work
" (Harvard Business Review Press/available in May), discusses how you can disconnect from your smartphone, and maybe even be more productive at work. Author Leslie Perlow focuses on an innovative experiment that took place at the Boston Consulting Group in which work teams there committed to unplugging at specific times. According to the research reported in the book, as a result workers reported significantly higher efficiency, collaboration and job-satisfaction levels. A leadership professor at Harvard Business School, Perlow specializes in how organizations can change work practices to benefit both productivity and employee well-being. Here CIO Insight takes a look at why we're constantly connected, and how to create times when you and your IT teams can disconnect.