- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Currency; First Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780804137508
- ISBN-13: 978-0804137508
- ASIN: 0804137501
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 362 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Hardcover – October 29, 2013
|New from||Used from|
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Showing 1-2 of 362 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Authors Jason Fried and David Hansson have a great deal of experience using remote workers In fact, they built a company on it.
The authors explain why it has (and continues to) worked for them. At first, it was a matter of keeping the company lean. As time went on, they began to realize that, often, the best person for the job might be on the other side of the country -- in one case, the world. Rather than settle for someone they felt was a less perfect fit, they found ways to work together. They also discovered the incredible edge this provided over competitors -- getting great talent without the requirement of relocation.
The authors also take a look at reasons why using remote workers might not work for other companies. There's a clear acknowledgement that some positions that just won't work for remote work - such as those who are hands on in packing shipments. However, the authors don't shy from pointing out - and debunking - specious arguments against the success of remote work. Aside from having impressive (and increasing) evidence of the success and widespread use of remote workers in large, worldwide corporations, the authors take specific arguments they hear regularly and address them.
The authors also acknowledge there are circumstances when it has been worth it to the company to bring workers together. They discuss how and why they do so, as well as how they make it worth it to the workers.
One of the most interesting issues address was the some of the mechanisms they have put in place to keep productivity and quality high... by discouraging workers from over working. If you work from home, you know how it can become the never ending task -- there's always something to be done, some other detail that can be refined. Fried and Hansson have found that it has worked in their company's best interest to create programs that encourage their workers to explore and spend time on hobbies that take them away from their work. The result is a refreshed worker who performs even better.
The authors also share advice for the remote worker - from handling your taxes and compensation, to working with a current employer to see whether or not remote work would work to both your benefit. True to form, they don't shy away from awkward topics -- including addressing specific situations management. They point out the question isn't whether you want to work from home, but whether you actually want to work with that company in the first place.
Remote - Office Not Required is a fair and even handed work, easy to read in small snippets with great points. If you've ever wondered whether remote work would benefit your company or yourself -- or (perhaps especially) if you think there's just no way it could work, check it out. Whether you change your mind or not, you'll learn a lot about they way the world of work has already changed.