Remote is a book extolling the advantages of remote working. Drawing on their own experience with 39 Signals, the authors explain why remote working is becoming more popular and how it benefits both employers and employees today.
Remote by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hannson
Remote is both an advert and how to guide for working remotely and hiring remote workers.
Very much an opinion piece, and a subtle advert for Basecamp but plenty of interesting content for those thinking of ditching the 9-5 lifestyle.
Below are some of the key insights I took from this book:
- Very few people work effectively at work.
- Commuting is terrible for your health, expenses and time.
- Cities and 9-5 culture is a throwback to the industrial age.
- If you can’t see the inputs, you have to judge people on the outputs.
- A good remote worker is a good worker. Working remotely requires self discipline, organisational skills and a high degree of professionalism.
- Most businesses and industries have already switched over to remote working practices but cultural and generational divides are holding back progress.
- Remote workers need to pay attention to their physical and mental health.
- Remote working is rarely one size fits all from digital nomadism to part time working from home and flexible job sharing.
- Contracting is excellent mental preparation for full time remote working.
- Remote workers have to learn how to switch between routine and non-routine for creativity and productivity reasons.
- The financial benefits for employers and the health/productivity benefits for employees are self explanatory.