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.
"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." Tech.co
"“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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