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Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Office Not Required

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Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is a guide for successful remote work. The book explores the benefits and challenges of working remotely and offers advice on how to stay productive, connected and happy while working from home or at a distance.

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    Allowing employees to work remotely is a great way for companies to keep the best and brightest.

    Recent technological developments have cut the strings of workers tied to their cubicles in an office, day in and day out. Employees can now choose remote work, or work done away from an office.

    Remote work is immensely popular with both employees and their employers. For employers, hiring remote workers gives them access to a larger talent pool, helping them to find the best person for a certain job.

    Even if you don’t live in a major metropolitan area, you can still access world-class talent if you consider hiring people who live elsewhere, allowing them to work from home.

    Technology has made it easier to work with someone on the other side of the world. For example, a basic (and free) Skype account allows you to videoconference with co-workers, regardless of where they are.

    But what about the employees you already have? Should they work remotely, too?

    Because people often switch jobs for personal reasons, offering your best employees the option to work remotely can help keep them on your team.

    Even workaholics have a life outside their job – the needs of family, friends or other interests outside work sometimes require an employee to move to a new location.

    Rather than simply firing workers who need to move, employers can instead offer the option to work remotely. After all, it’s better to hold on to a good, trained employee than to have to manage a new employee who needs extensive training and time to get up to speed.

    Media production company Jellyvision considered remote work options when a skilled employee needed to move with his spouse to another state. The company didn’t want to lose him, so they offered the employee a remote position, and since have opened up the option to all employees.

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    What is Remote about?

    In Remote, you are given an inside look at a new kind of work relationship made possible by modern technology, called “remote work.” The book details companies’ common fears about allowing employees to work remotely and in contrast, outlines the many benefits of remote work. Importantly, it offers practical advice to managers who employ remote workers or are considering introducing remote work options for their company.

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    Remote: Office Not Required (2013) by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson explores the benefits and challenges of remote work and why it's becoming a popular option for many professionals. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers practical insights on how to build and manage a successful remote team, providing concrete strategies for effective communication and collaboration.
    • Provides real-life examples and case studies of companies that have embraced remote work, demonstrating the positive impact it can have on productivity and work-life balance.
    • Examines the myths and misconceptions surrounding remote work, challenging traditional beliefs and showcasing the potential benefits for both employees and employers.

    Best quote from Remote

    Given how hard it is to find great people, you should be doing your utmost to keep them.

    —Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
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    Who should read Remote?

    • Managers who need to find solutions for employees
    • Anyone who is considering trying out remote work at their company
    • Anyone looking for a better way to organize their workforce

    About the Author

    Jason Fried is one of the co-founders of web application company 37signals, where David Heinemeier Hansson is also a partner. (As of February 2014, 37signals changed its name to Basecamp.) The duo has co-written a number of best-selling business books, including Rework and Getting Real.

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    What is the main message of Remote?

    The main message of Remote is that it is possible to work and collaborate effectively as a remote team, and that remote work offers numerous benefits.

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    Is Remote a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Remote is worth reading as it provides valuable insights and practical advice for remote work. It offers a fresh perspective on how to be productive and successful while working remotely.

    Who is the author of Remote?

    Remote is authored by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

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