The work from home phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits. Most important, they show why with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo -- more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.
The Industrial Revolution's "under one roof" model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together. Today, the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace." According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend. A full 60% wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages. In "Remote," inconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea--and they're going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.
Praise for the authors' first book "Rework"
""Rework" is brilliant...It's fantastic. If you are starting a business, or thinking about starting a business, or running a business, or breathing air, this is a book you should read." --Brad Field, "MIT Technology Review"
""Rework" takes aim at marketing, hiring, and other disciplines associated with building a business as if they were bottles lined up against a wall. Then it blows them away...Fried and Hansson are the Henry David Thoreaus of entrepreneurship." --Leigh Buchanan, "Inc. Magazine"
""Rework" is a Webby manifesto for post-recession success. Forget about strategic planning, [the authors] advise. And ignore your competition--unless you feel like picking a public fight." --Nick Summers, "Newsweek"
"I want to buy a copy for everyone I know either to validate their current business practices or to expose them to alternative ways of doing things." --Alexis Rodich, "Washington Post"
"This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time...Stop reading the review...Buy the book"--Seth Godin, Guest Review, Amazon
"Read this book multiple times to help give you the courage you need to get out there and make something great." -- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com
"Stripped of all big words and fancy strategies, "Rework"'s collection of short, inspiring essays advocates a 'less is more' approach to starting your own business, handing out tips on increasing productivity and debunking myths in business. And based on the success of 37Signals, it looks like their advice is worth holding onto." --Sheryl Sulistiawan, "Fast Company"
"An "Elements of Style" for building profitable businesses in a web-savvy world. Each chapter is two to five pages long and delivers [the authors'] tactics and principles fat-free, without fluff." --Tim Ferriss, Fourhourworkweek.com
""Remote" is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, "Remote "is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of""Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"
"What you'll find in "Remote "is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read."
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
"Remote is the way I work and live. Now I know why. If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life."
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life"
"In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion."
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for "Wired "Magazine and author of "What Technology Wants"
"Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, "Remote "offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords)."
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of "Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Busin