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Remote: Office Not Required | [Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson]

Remote: Office Not Required

The "work-from-home" phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new audiobook from best-selling 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The "work-from-home" phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new audiobook from best-selling 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, iconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince listeners 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.

©2013 Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Matthew D. Styers Oklahoma 11-15-13
    Matthew D. Styers Oklahoma 11-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic, Futuristic, Frustrating"
    What made the experience of listening to Remote the most enjoyable?

    Fried and Hansson's borderline-indignant disregard for corporate and professional norms is well-documented both in their previous book and on the 37Singals blog. In a culture chained by institutionalization and (mostly) very slow to adapt to change, their willingness to question every single aspect of professional life and take risks are both inspiring and frustrating to those of us still chained to our desks, dreading commutes and struggling to fight the devastating consequences of interminable meetings.

    The wide range of examples and possibilities they present – both from their own experience and from other organizations of every all sizes – aggregate to more of a framework or platform than set of instructions. Essentially, they argue that there is room for some level of remote work in almost every knowledge-based industry and that testing and implementing it has potential to make a very real impact both on productivity and the company's bottom line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Remote?

    More memorable than any single moment in the book is the general perspective Fried and Hansson provide on management. Their belief in the creativity and drive of their own employees, leveraged by their willingness to trust them and bolstered by their relentless investment in their well-being, is at first jarring and then awe-inspiring.


    What does Rebecca Lowman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Typically, non-fiction books read by narrators other than the author lose a bit of author's quality of tone, but Lowman expertly managed to preserve it.

    There's a moment very near the end of the book, in which she is rattling of an absurd URL string, that her voice takes a very distinct "we're both aware this is ridiculous, right?" tone that, for whatever reason, had me doubled over with laughter. Literally. Like, I had to stop the treadmill.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark D. Adams MI 08-19-14
    Mark D. Adams MI 08-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very inspiring"
    If you could sum up Remote in three words, what would they be?

    Pretty good listen


    Any additional comments?

    This book was inspiring. It had some interesting tips for getting started with remote work. It also supposedly addressed many of the opposing viewpoint's arguments against remote work, but none of them seemed based on credible research. Still, there were some strong arguments rooted in sound theory. There were several F bombs in the story, but they're eloquent when the narrator delivers them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristoffer 04-23-14
    Kristoffer 04-23-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Remote to be better than the print version?

    Audio and paper(digital) version basically offers the same...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Remote?

    I liked that this is by someone who practices rather than simply preach.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sameer Chicago 02-01-14
    Sameer Chicago 02-01-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good case for remote work; light on 'how to'."
    What would have made Remote better?

    Per publisher's summary, was expecting to see 2 parts to the book: how remote work is a great idea and how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

    Found the book quite enriching in the first goal; however quite lacking in the second part.

    If you or your organization are already practicing remote work, you probably are familiar with what the book talks about. It will only serve to organize your observations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    james NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-27-14
    james NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "thin and self promoting"
    What would have made Remote better?

    Lots of repeated 3rd party product endorsements which feel unauthentic. Not useful for anyone who already interacts with remote workers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson again?

    Nope.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Lowman?

    she's fine


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Caswell 01-26-14
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    "Should have subtitle of: And Mgmt styles for today"
    Where does Remote rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books on Mgmt styles for success


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening to this biased that it wouldn't face the harder challenges of cultural impact of the remote office and came to value the book more as a perceptive insight into the management challenges of today. I will be adding this to the reading list for my staff right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Neath, United Kingdom 01-22-14
    David Neath, United Kingdom 01-22-14
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    "Unconvincing and poorly written"
    What would have made Remote better?

    I am a big fan of Rework and some of 37 signals other books. This one just doesn't live up to the standard. The arguments are very shallow, the kinds of arguments anyone that wants to invent reasons to support working remotely would claim. However, there is no attempt to validate any of these claims. A good book has to have a story and a good story is like a good joke - it needs to have a punchline. Remote has no punchline


    Has Remote turned you off from other books in this genre?

    There are always good and bad books. The old ones tend to be better.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Lowman?

    One of the authors. Always. It makes all the difference hearing from the horse's mouth.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. No value add.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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