Remote: Office Not Required

Remote: Office Not Required

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The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo — more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

The Industrial Revolution's "under one roof" model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together.  Today, the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace."  According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend.  A full 60% wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages.  In Remote, inconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea—and they're going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804148986
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 5.16(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JASON FRIED and DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON are the founders of 37signals, a trailblazing software company. They have been profiled in such publications as Time, Newsweek, and Wired. They're also contributors to Signals v. Noise, one the of Web's most popular blogs.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note 7

Introduction 9

The Time is Right for Remote Work 11

Why work doesn't happen at work 13

Stop commuting your life away 16

It's the technology, stupid 19

Escaping 9am-5pm 22

End of city monopoly 25

The new luxury 28

Talent isn't bound by the hubs 31

It's not about the money 34

But saving is always nice 37

Not all or nothing 40

Still a trade-off 43

You're probably already doing it 46

Dealing with Excuses 49

Magic only happens when we're all in a room 51

If I can't see them, how do I know they're working? 54

People's homes are full of distractions 58

Only the office can be secure 61

Who will answer the phone? 65

Big business doesn't do it, so why should we? 68

Others would get jealous 71

What about culture? 74

I need an answer now! 77

But I'll lose control 80

We paid a lot of money for this office 83

That wouldn't work for our size or industry 85

How to Collaborate Remotely 89

Thou shalt overlap 91

Seeing is believing 94

All out in the open 97

The virtual water cooler 100

Forward motion 103

The work is what matters 106

Not just for people who are out of town 108

Disaster ready 111

Easy on the M&Ms 114

Beware the Dragons 117

Cabin fever 119

Check-in, check-out 122

Ergonomic basics 125

Mind the gut 128

The lone outpost 131

Working with clients 134

Taxes, accounting, laws, oh my! 138

Hiring and Keeping the Best 141

It's a big world 143

Life moves on 147

Keep the good times going 150

Seeking a human 154

No parlor tricks 157

The cost of thriving 161

Great remote workers are simply great workers 164

On writing well 167

Test project 170

Meeting them in person 173

Contractors know the drill 176

Managing Remote Workers 177

When's the right time to go remote? 179

Stop managing the chairs 182

Meetups and sprints 185

Lessons from open source 188

Level the playing field 192

One-on-ones 195

Remove the roadblocks 198

Be on the lookout for overwork, not underwork 202

Using scarcity to your advantage 205

Life as a Remote Worker 207

Building a routine 209

Morning remote, afternoon local 213

Compute different 215

Working alone in a crowd 218

Staying motivated 221

Nomadic freedom 225

A change of scenery 228

Family time 231

No extra space at home 234

Making sure you're not ignored 237

Conclusion 239

The quaint old office 241

The Remote Toolbox 245

Acknowledgments 249

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