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Remote
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Remote
Office Not Required
The classic guide to working from home and why we should embrace a virtual office, from the bestselling authors of Rework

"A paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace."—Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

Does working from home—or anywhere else but the office—make sense? In Remote, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of Basecamp, bring new insight to the hotly debated argument. While providing a complete overview of remote work's challenges, Jason and David persuasively argue that, often, the advantages of working "off-site" far outweigh the drawbacks.

In the past decade, the "under one roof" model of conducting work has been steadily declining, owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces. Today the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace." Companies see advantages in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves their ability to conduct business across multiple time zones. But what about the workers? Jason and David point out that remote work means working at the best job (not just one that is nearby) and achieving a harmonious work-life balance while increasing productivity.

And those are just some of the perks to be gained from leaving the office behind. Remote reveals a multitude of other benefits, along with in-the-trenches tips for easing your way out of the office door where you control how your workday will unfold.

Whether you're a manager fretting over how to manage workers who "want out" or a worker who wants to achieve a lifestyle upgrade while still being a top performer professionally, this book is your indispensable guide.
The classic guide to working from home and why we should embrace a virtual office, from the bestselling authors of Rework

"A paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace."—Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

Does working from home—or anywhere else but the office—make sense? In Remote, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of Basecamp, bring new insight to the hotly debated argument. While providing a complete overview of remote work's challenges, Jason and David persuasively argue that, often, the advantages of working "off-site" far outweigh the drawbacks.

In the past decade, the "under one roof" model of conducting work has been steadily declining, owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces. Today the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace." Companies see advantages in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves their ability to conduct business across multiple time zones. But what about the workers? Jason and David point out that remote work means working at the best job (not just one that is nearby) and achieving a harmonious work-life balance while increasing productivity.

And those are just some of the perks to be gained from leaving the office behind. Remote reveals a multitude of other benefits, along with in-the-trenches tips for easing your way out of the office door where you control how your workday will unfold.

Whether you're a manager fretting over how to manage workers who "want out" or a worker who wants to achieve a lifestyle upgrade while still being a top performer professionally, this book is your indispensable guide.
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  • From the cover Chapter 1

    The Time Is Right for Remote Work

    Why work doesn't happen at work

    If you ask people where they go when they really need to get work done, very few will respond "the office." If they do say the office, they'll include a qualifier such as "super early in the morning before anyone gets in" or "I stay late at night after everyone's left" or "I sneak in on the weekend."

    What they're trying to tell you is that they can't get work done at work. The office during the day has become the last place people want to be when they really want to get work done.

    That's because offices have become interruption factories. A busy office is like a food processor—it chops your day into tiny bits. Fifteen minutes here, ten minutes there, twenty here, five there. Each segment is filled with a conference call, a meeting, another meeting, or some other institutionalized unnecessary interruption.

    It's incredibly hard to get meaningful work done when your workday has been shredded into work moments.

    Meaningful work, creative work, thoughtful work, important work—this type of effort takes stretches of uninterrupted time to get into the zone. But in the modern office such long stretches just can't be found. Instead, it's just one interruption after another.

    The ability to be alone with your thoughts is, in fact, one of the key advantages of working remotely. When you work on your own, far away from the buzzing swarm at headquarters, you can settle into your own productive zone. You can actually get work done—the same work that you couldn't get done at work!

    Yes, working outside the office has its own set of challenges. And interruptions can come from different places, multiple angles. If you're at home, maybe it's the TV. If you're at the local coffee shop, maybe it's someone talking loudly a few tables away. But here's the thing: those interruptions are things you can control. They're passive. They don't handcuff you. You can find a space that fits your work style. You can toss on some headphones and not be worried about a coworker loitering by your desk and tapping you on the shoulder. Neither do you have to be worried about being called into yet another unnecessary meeting. Your place, your zone, is yours alone.

    Don't believe us? Ask around. Or ask yourself: Where do you go when you really have to get work done? Your answer won't be "the office in the afternoon."

    Stop commuting your life away

    Let's face it: nobody likes commuting. The alarm rings earlier, you arrive home that much later. You lose time, patience, possibly even your will to eat anything other than convenience food with plastic utensils. Maybe you skip the gym, miss your child's bedtime, feel too tired for a meaningful conversation with your significant other. The list goes on.

    Even your weekends get truncated by that wretched commute. All those chores you don't have the will to complete after slugging it out with the highway collect into one mean list due on Saturday. By the time you've taken out the trash, picked up the dry cleaning, gone to the hardware store, and paid your bills, half the weekend is gone.

    And the commute itself? Even the nicest car won't make driving in traffic enjoyable, and forget feeling fresh after a trip on most urban trains and buses. Breathe in the smell of exhaust and body odor, breathe out your health and sanity.

    Smart people in white coats have extensively studied commuting—this supposedly necessary part of our days—and the verdict is in: long commutes make you fat, stressed, and miserable. Even short commutes stab at your happiness.

    According to the research,...
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  • 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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  • AudioFile Magazine Some 40 years after the term "telecommute" was coined, the idea of working from home is still actively resisted by many companies. Rebecca Lowman's persuasive narration may go some way toward making businesses realize they can dramatically increase productivity through employee telecommuting. The authors are the founders of the software company 37signals, which has longstanding experience in managing remote workers, and their audiobook will help employees who want to approach their bosses with a work-from-home proposal. Lowman's voice, which is both youthful and businesslike, nicely matches the tone of the material and, presumably, the culture of 37signals. This work packs a lot of wisdom into a quick listen. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
  • Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking "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."
  • David Allen, internationally best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity "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."
  • Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life "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."
  • Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants "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."
  • Adam L. Penenberg, author of Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves "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)."
  • James McQuivey, PhD, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation "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!"
  • Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation "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."
  • Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success "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."
  • Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice "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."
  • John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide "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!"
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