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Fabuwood, a kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Newark, implemented a policy of no phones during meetings and provided device shelves outside conference rooms for employees to store their phones. Surprisingly, employees reported increased engagement and productivity during meetings as a result.
Having the phone away from me has almost made my brain more open to information, she said.
Fabuwood's CEO, Joel Epstein, began using a flip phone years ago due to carpal tunnel symptoms and believes smartphones are destroying personal and professional lives. He found that using a flip phone improved his sleep, productivity, and communication.
Mr. Epstein queried Fabuwood managers on phone use and found that many of the company's poorest performers were on the list.