Book Review & Discussion : Remote

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In this event, you’ll learn

Why offering remote work is the best way to keep great talents around

How company culture doesn’t depend on getting “face time” or “desk time” with other co-workers

The easy way to introduce remote work to your office

Why employees across different time zones should have at least some overlap

What the most important job of a remote manager is

About the Author

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are the founders of Basecamp (previously 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 of the Web's most popular blogs.



Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is an examination of the emerging trend of remote working. They discuss the benefits of working remotely for both the employer and employee while examining common excuses. Remote offers plenty of advice on how to get your company started on having remote employees and also advice on how to manage your work if you are a remote employee. A great all-round guide on the new way to 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.”

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.

It’s incredibly hard to get meaningful work done when your workday has been shredded into work moments; interruptions every 15 minutes.

Meaningful work, creative work, thoughtful work, important work—this type of effort takes stretches of uninterrupted time to get into the zone. (See Deep Work by Cal Newport for more on this) But in the modern office, such long stretches just can’t be found.

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.

You can find a space that fits your work style. You can toss on some headphones and not be worried about a coworker hovering 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.

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