Everyone says - "Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." is that true? Well, I believe that "Good Books, Good Knowledge, and Good Work" are the three main components of an ideal life.
Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of Basecamp (formerly known as 37signals), a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools. Besides this, he is the Co-Author of Getting Real, Remote, and REWORK. 37signals also developed and open-sourced the Ruby on Rails programming framework.
Today we'll talk about one of his bestsellers in collaboration with David Heinemeier Hansson - Remote: Office Not Required. I work remotely as a writer and have that penchant to read books. But it's not the sole reason that made me read this book. Since I'm on my way to becoming a self-employed writer with specific aims in life, I loved the concept that this book holds.
The book actually takes you to the insights of how they established a culture that embraces communication and gives you a better understanding of working in a remote culture. You can also learn how to run an organization with a distributed team and embrace and thrive with a distributed workforce.
I read the book in anticipation of a future in which I work remotely for companies on a more full-time basis.
A Brief Glimpse
Now stepping to a conclusion, a lot of what is covered in this book is pertinent to my situation today. Not just for me, but it is highly relevant to all the employees of other companies, where remote work is rarely embraced.
Moreover, what I learned is that you don't need to do everything on your own. Try outsourcing small tasks of your work and get enhanced quality of productivity.
The 'work from home' phenomenon is thoroughly emerged and explored in this illuminating book. It pinpoints the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explains the challenges and the perks that you can or cannot expect to work in a remote culture.
Jason and Hansson advocate to make the quality of life a priority, and they advocate this principle in different ways in the book. These ways can actually help many CEOs to let their employees enjoy a balanced work-life experience.
Here are some of the best reviews about this book below.
1. Julia Camenisch mentioned,
"Their recent book, "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."
I picked up the review because I liked that she mentioned the success of both the Authors in a remote culture. Also, she appreciated the Authors in terms of establishing their successful businesses and a corresponding reputation as true workplace innovators.
2. Moyinoluwa Adeyemi said,
"The two most important things which stood out to me and constantly recurred throughout all the chapters, sometimes indirectly, were trust and communication. Our entire software team is structured around these as we don't have constant remote surveillance. Everyone trusts the other to show up every day and pick up the phone."
I see that the review has been perfectly written, mentioning all the essentials of the book, which gives you a glimpse of all the chapters that are there in the book and makes you understand what's exactly there in the book.
3. The author of The Year Without Pants - Scott Burken stated,
"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."
The review depicts the appreciation of one author by another one. Scott reveals that it's a short and solid book that comprises clear and to the point arguments. So, if a reader is planning to start reading it, he/she will get a glimpse of which genre the book has been written in.
4. Mark Stephens said,
"We are big fans of remote networking (we have an office where some of our team sometimes base themselves). So I was very keen to read the new book from 37 signals. What is it like?
Remote – office not required is actually four books in one."
The review above has been detailed by the takeaways that the reader has acquired after reading the book. The justification has been dedicated to each takeaway that he has mentioned in the review.
Well, I hope you find this blog helpful, and you get to know what's there in the book without even spending hours and days reading it. Also, you can get the comprehensive insights into remote work, by joining The Remote Work Summit and become a Remote Work expert today.