After pouring through The Sleep Revolution, fostering more sleep at home seems like a no-brainer and there's no prescription needed. Small changes, beginning with dispelling the collective delusion that less sleep equals more productivity, can lead to big life shifts and may even make for a complete cultural sleep revolution.
Joan C. Williams is an expert on matters of work and family and is a Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. In our conversation she shared her insights on the origins of our culture of sleep one-upmanship, how that culture differs for men and women and how periodically disengaging from work can boost your creativity and efficiency.
Our need to redefine success is as urgent on the collective level as it is in our personal lives. Limiting our metrics of success to money and power and completely defining ourselves by our jobs creates a political class obsessed with short-term gain -- one that's not up to the types of long-term challenges we're now facing.
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Even though the word "overwork" has been commonplace for a decade or do, it was not a word that employers wanted to her much about. How could work possibly get done if employees don't ramp up and work longer? How could companies be productive without employees working harder? But that changed this year.