Office Not Required

by David Heinemeier Hansson , Jason Fried

Number of pages: 256

Publisher: Crown Business

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 9780804137508

About the Authors

David Heinemeier Hansson : Hansson is a Danish programmer and is a partner at 37signals.


Jason Fried : Fried is the co-founder and president of 37 signals, a Chicago-based


Editorial Review

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.” What they’re trying to tell you is that they can’t get work done at work. That’s because offices have become interruption factories. 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.

Book Reviews

"I finished Remote last week and I recommend it. I’m happy to say it’s a clear, short, solid book of arguments for using remote work to your advantage. It has a nice section of common excuses, with refutations, and sound arguments about how many opportunities there are to help your company by allowing remote workers. They discuss the unnecessary pain of commuting, the improved access to talent from other places and how the right kinds of employees benefit from greater flexibility." Scott Berkun

"Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson was a quick and insightful read about the benefits and best practices of working remotely from the perspective of both the company and the individual employee."Red Argyle, LLC.

"If you’re a remote worker, you’ve probably already figured out many of the insights in the book, but you’ll undoubtedly be able to find a few takeaways. (I myself realized I had an email addiction and forced myself to get out of my inbox for one evening – it’s a start.) The value may be even greater for employees considering remote work, or employers who are trying to manage it."

"“Remote: Office Not Required,” delves into some of the underlying philosophies about remote work that shape the culture of 37Signals. The authors speak from hard-won experience—and it shows. There are plenty of practical takeaways that make the book worth a read for even seasoned remote workers and managers." UpWork

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Wisdom to Share

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.

According to studies, commuting is associated with an increased risk of obesity, insomnia, stress, neck and back pain, high blood pressure.

Letting people work remotely is about promoting quality of life, about getting access to the best people wherever they are.

Remote work isn’t just for people who are out of town, across borders, or on different continents.

Remote just means you’re not in the office 9am-5pm, all day long.

There are times when nothing beats talking to your manager in person or sitting in a room with your colleagues, brainstorming the next big thing.

Most fears that have to do with people working remotely stem from a lack of trust.

People have an amazing ability to live down to low expectations.

If you run your ship with the conviction that everyone’s a slacker, your employees will put all their ingenuity into proving you right.

If you view those who work under you as capable adults who will push themselves to excel even when you’re not breathing down their necks, they’ll delight you in return.

If you’re struggling with trust issues, it means you made a poor hiring decision.

Sometimes it’s not the worthiness of the task that’s the issue – rather, it’s that we’ve set ourselves up for failure.

A company that’s efficiently built around remote work doesn’t even have to have a set schedule.

Release yourself from the 9am-to-5pm mentality. Soon you’ll see that it’s the work – not the clock – that matters.

Having people work remotely forces you to forgo the illusion that building a company culture is just about in-person social activities

What a manager needs to establish is a culture of reasonable expectations.

Provide references before the client even asks, Show right up front that you have nothing to hide.

Trust is going to be the toughest thing to build early on, so make it as easy as possible for the client to get to know your character by letting them speak with other clients.

Show them work often. This is the best way to chip away at a client’s natural situational anxiety.

When clients feel part of the project, their anxieties and fears will be replaced by excitement and anticipation.

Look at the remote option as an opportunity to be influenced by more things and to take in more perspectives