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Monday, November 2, 2009

HBR October: Turning off the Blackberry


Harvard Business Review: This week, I’ll be reviewing the highlights of the October issue of the Harvard Business Review. Worth the read if you’re interested in managing risks in an uncertain economy. Suggest subscribing, especially for senior, strategic teams. Here’s the FINAL in a series of posts:

Making Time Off Predictable
by Perlow and Porter

“24/7” and “Blackberry” have become synonymous and perpetuate a vicious cycle of being always “on" and available. Research by the Boston Consulting Group says that imposing strict rules about time off can make employees even more efficient. Also, merely talking about how to take time off generates a healthy dialog in an organization. In their research, the authors compared typical teams with experimental time-off-oriented teams in categories ranging from “job satisfaction” to “value delivery.” And the experimental teams scored higher... in all criteria.

So, I’m taking the rest of the day off!

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