Put the smartphone down one night a week for better work performance

Put the smartphone down one night a week for better work performance

Businesses should encourage their staff to put their smartphone down one night a week as this can help to improve performance.

A study by Harvard Business School looked at 1,400 management consultants who were encouraged to have 'predictable time off' from their device for an evening a week over the course of three years.

It was found that those who were able to stick to the experiment had greater job satisfaction and their work-life balance improved.

As technology has evolved many workers take their day-job home with them, checking emails and replying to messages well into the evening without switching off.

Professor Leslie Perlow, said: "We defined as 'on' the time people spent working plus all the additional time they were available, monitoring their work in case something came up. What caught our attention was that the more people were “on”, the more unpredictable their work seemed to become."

She noted that by being connected to work all the time, these people were "reinforcing" and "amplifying" the pressure which caused them to be available in the first place.