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Remote: Office Not Required Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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“Presents powerful arguments…the book is an eye opener to the endless benefits that come with remote work...a worthwhile investment of your times and money.”
"Remote is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, Remote is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
"What you'll find in Remote is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read.”
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
“Remote is the way I work and live. Now I know why. If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life.”
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
“In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion.”
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants
“Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, Remote offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords).”
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves
“Fried and Hansson show how remote working sets people free--free from drudgery and free to unleash unprecedented creativity and productivity. This workday disruption is necessary if we want to use our new digital tools to full effect. The first gift copy I buy will be for my boss!”
--James McQuivey, PhD, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation
"Just like we couldn't imagine a cell phone smaller than a toaster in the 1970’s, some companies still believe that they can't get great performance from their employees unless they show up at an office. Virtual work is the wave of the future, and Jason and David do a brilliant job of teaching best practices for both employees and employers."
--Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
“Jason and David convincingly argue the merits of remote work, both from the perspective of manager and of worker. For the former, working remotely means more productive teams. For the latter, there is the ultimate luxury: control over one’s environment. Remote work gives you the power to craft your own life, and this book is a roadmap to get that.”
--Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success
"The decentralization of the workplace is no longer fodder for futurists, it's an everyday reality. Remote is an insight-packed playbook for thriving in the coming decade and beyond."
--Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
“Remote shows you how to remove the final barrier to doing the work you were meant to do, with the people you were meant to do it with, in the most rewarding and profitable way possible--this book is your ticket to real freedom!”
--John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide
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Top Customer Reviews
While there were 1 or 2 minor tidbits of useful information, the vast majority of the book is aimed at why non-remote companies should become remote, and how employees can convince their bosses to become remote.
There is very little useful information for someone who is already convinced a remote company is the way to go, and is looking for strategies for managing a remote company effectively.
Some good ideas on how to implement.
Not present: detailed "how to". Just as well, too many variables.
Finishes with a good selection of best-of-class tools.
And an endorsement of 37Signals.
Those of us who use 37Signals know their software is indeed best of class, and we are successfully implementing remote work as early adapters.
An easy 2-hour read.
This book is the most coherent argument for remote work I've seen, and the most practical guide to getting a remote career off the ground and living up to its promise.
We all feel it, don't we? Being together in a shared, physical workplace every moment of our working life is, professionally, both unnecessary and even counterproductive at times. When you factor in the personal toll (grinding daily commutes, time away from loved ones, etc.), inevitably you start asking, "Why the hell am I doing this?"
"Remote" takes that question as far as it can go, unpacking it into short essays that dismantle so many of our basic assumptions about work. And then, it poses another question: "If not 'this,' then what else?"
The "what else" is working remotely, and that too is unpacked. How do you do it? What if my boss doesn't trust me? Won't I be cut out of major decisions, alienated from my peers, even just plain lonely? And what about the work: don't we need the "bandwidth" that comes with frequent face time to get important things done? How will the creativity happen? The special, impromptu moments around the water cooler?
"Remote" does a great job of addressing all those things and more. The end result is a sort of career guide for meaningful, dignified modern work. Remote work is not a panacea, it will not solve every work problem ever identified, and it will pose challenges of its own. But it will change your career -- and in so doing, perhaps even your life -- and this is the book that will show you how.
(If you're interested, my longer review of the book: [...]
Arguments which the author presents in favour of remote working include:
* Work in an office is often unproductive due to constant interruptions
* Commuting wastes an enormous amount of time, energy and resources
* Technology now allows highly effective remote working
* The shift to asynchronous collaboration accommodates everyone's availability
* Remote working allows you to base yourself anywhere in the world
* Expensive office rental costs can be avoided
There are, of course, issues that need to be addressed for remote working to operate efficiently. It appears that employees of the author's organisation do work of a type which is readily measurable, so that it is easy to ensure that people are doing the work they are paid for. A business could quickly deteriorate if work results were not measurable or if some employees started feeling that others were not pulling their weight. It is also important that employees have a sufficient level of interaction with each other, and the book provides a number of strategies to address this.
In my opinion this book will be very useful for any organisation which is thinking about allowing employees to work remotely, as well as for any organisation which currently has some remote workers but needs to improve its remote work management processes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's all great, but how do you set the goals and make sure the productivity is there? All about be happy, work little, from wherever you want, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Bernardo
Remote is a rant against office work ending with some good ideas. It is written in mostly 'catchy' one-lines and messes up thinking about remote work by including lots of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bas Vodde
I like the idea working remotely. I know it will work too. This book deserves a four / five stars if there are more teaching and less preaching.Published 1 month ago by Lee
Very useful for people who would like to work remotely. It also provides interesting tips for current remote workers. Short but useful!Published 1 month ago by Manuel Ricardo Zapata Cano
Lot of fluff about how cool remote working is, but as a business owner with a dozen employees and half of them working remote, I expected more insight, tools, and practical advice.Published 2 months ago by Alex Griffis
While this book came out over 3 years ago, many of the insights are still relevant. However, the technology is changing quickly so that it is even easier to connect with teams... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Kilby
If you are already working remote, this is kind of preaching to the choir- you already know all of this stuff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Stevens
Excellent summary of the arguments for and against remote work. If you've never considered it before, this will give you some good information. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DANE HAMMER