How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace Book Summary - How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace summary

Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan

Simple and Effective Tips for Successful, Productive and Empowered Remote Work

4.2 (130 ratings)
18 mins
Table of Contents

    How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace
    Summary of 6 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 6

    Remote work has great benefits for both companies and employees.

    In March 2020, COVID-19 turned remote work into a new normal for people across the globe. But clocking in from the comfort of your own home isn’t all that new. Remote work has been on the rise for years. In America, for instance, it increased by more than 90 percent in the last decade.

    And the reason for this growing popularity is simple: remote work actually works! Many people question how productive employees can be if they’re left unsupervised, while others believe that brick-and-mortar offices give companies credibility. But early adopters have known for years that there’s a lot to gain from remote work.

    The key message here is: Remote work has great benefits for both companies and employees.

    So, what exactly makes remote work so great? First, not having to commute to an office every day saves employees valuable time. Rising housing costs around the world mean that many people can’t afford to live close to their workplaces. So they spend more and more time commuting. Workers in the United Kingdom, for example, commute for an average of two hours a day.

    Traveling to work isn’t the only thing that’s not ideal. The office itself is full of distractions that reduce productivity, and working from home eliminates many of these. Think of how often you’re pulled into chats with colleagues, or of how office noise and activity can make it hard to focus. That time adds up! In fact, a study by the Guardian found that employees lose almost 90 minutes of productivity a day due to office distractions.

    In addition to improving productivity, working from home gives employees flexibility and autonomy, both of which are in high demand. People want work arrangements that allow them to spend quality time with family, travel around the world, and even take up hobbies and side projects. Companies that offer such arrangements are more attractive to potential hires.

    Speaking of hiring, remote work also creates a larger talent pool for organizations. The authors’ company, Acceleration Partners, has benefitted from this. Being fully remote means it can hire anyone, regardless of location. As a result, it boasts 170 employees in eight different countries. And it’s not just employers who win. Companies based in expensive cities like London and New York can be inaccessible for people with limited economic resources. Remote hiring evens the playing field for these candidates, many of whom are people of color.

    Want to see all full key ideas from How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace?

    Key ideas in How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace about?

    How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace (2021) is a guide to working remotely. With tips for both organizations and individuals, it covers everything from the benefits of remote work to steps for implementing it successfully, and the tools and tricks that make it easy.

    Best quote from How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

    If your meeting involves one person talking 90 percent of the time, it should have been replaced with an email memo or video message.

    —Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan
    example alt text

    Who should read How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace?

    • Organizational leaders interested in going remote
    • Employees who want a fulfilling remote experience
    • People who are curious about the future of work

    About the Author

    Robert Glazer is an author and the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners, a global affiliate marketing agency with numerous company-culture awards. He’s been named one of Glassdoor’s Top CEOs of Small and Medium Companies in the US, and has been published by the likes of Harvard Business Review and Fast Company. Glazer has also written several best-selling books, including Friday Forward and Elevate.

    Mick Sloan is a content and leadership-development manager at Acceleration Partners.

    Categories with How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

    Books like How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

    People ❤️ Blinkist
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked

    Start growing with Blinkist now
    27 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    Of Blinkist members create a better reading habit*
    *Based on survey data from Blinkist customers
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial