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Jan 20
Synchronizing Boss-Worker Sleep Patterns for Productivity
Under a new labor agreement, which affects a million French workers in the technology and consultancy sectors (including the French divisions of Google, Facebook, and Deloitte),  employees are required to  ignore their bosses' work emails once they are out of the office--– even on their smartphones.  The agreement doesn’t say if CEOs have equal rights to ignore employees before or after hours (a recent Salesforce blog touts this as a can’t-miss way to break through to CEOs for salesmen who dread cold calling CEOs.)

The French have a reputation for making lifestyle prescriptions (including this famous one from Napoleon:  “Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.”)  But in Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired, German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg demonstrates convincingly that people inherit highly individualized biological clocks and are thus most productive at different times of the day and night.  Since early birds and night owls are born, not made, it’s worth your while to determine the time of day when you’re at peak productivity, and the times of day when you might be inclined to doze or drift into procrastination.  One way to do this is with a time-tracking tool like Omnicontext Personal Analytics, which gathers data related to the routines, habits, and productivity of knowledge workers on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Reasonably good career advice is to make a habit of answering or returning your CEO’s phone call or email during the most productive phase of your day.
Even better advice to avoid doing this after-hours when you’ve imbibed too much of a vin extraordinaire.  




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