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Best Remote Work Books

Remote work is increasingly becoming the new normal. Both employees and employers are realizing the benefits of remote work. Here's some books we found to be useful in learning how to manage your time, energy and work/life balance when working remotely or managing remote teams. Please let us know of any other impactful books on the subject that we might've missed.

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Office Not Required
Jason Fried - Oct 29, 2013
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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...
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Richard Branson
The Year Without Pants
WordPress.com and the Future of Work
Scott Berkun - Sep 10, 2013
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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world ...
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Matt Mullenweg
Deep Work
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Cal Newport - Jan 05, 2016
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One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work ...
Distributed Teams
The Art and Practice of Working Together While Physically Apart
John O'Duinn - Aug 07, 2018
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What if you could have a meaningful, well-paid career without a daily commute to a physical office? What if your team or organization could work well together even when physically apart?What if your organization's "work from home" policy was a competitive advantage, while also helping address important social, diversity, urban planning and environm...
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work
Jason Fried - Oct 02, 2018
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In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times bestseller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.In Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson introduced a new path to working effectively. Now, they build on their mess...
Influencing Virtual Teams
17 Tactics That Get Things Done with Your Remote Employees
Hassan Osman - Feb 12, 2016 (first published in 2014)
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Learn the psychological secrets of persuasion that influence your remote employees to do what you need them to do.Stop chasing down your employees to make sure that their work is being done.In "Influencing Virtual Teams" you'll get step-by-step tactics that you can implement straightaway with your team to improve your team's engagement and commitme...
Work Together Anywhere
A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers
Lisette Sutherland - Sep 08, 2018
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In todays modern global economy, telecommuting is no longer a novelty. Companies and organizations everywhere are embracing the game-changing benefits of allowing employees to work outside the office, and the results are profound: managers benefit by saving money and resources and by having access to talent outside their zip codes, while employees ...
The Long-Distance Leader
Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership
Kevin Eikenberry - Jun 05, 2018
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As many as a third of leaders lead at a distance, and the number is rising. Internationally recognized leadership guru Kevin Eikenberry (Remarkable Leadership book and podcast) teams with his Remote Leadership Institute co-founder Wayne Turmel to chart all the ways that remote leadership differs from leading in-person.To make leadership happen toda...
So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo - Sep 24, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in AmericaWidespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you te...
Reinventing Organizations
A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness
Frederic Laloux - Feb 10, 2014
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FROM THE BACKCOVERThe way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Deep inside, we sense that more is possible. We long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose.In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time, in the past, when humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness, it has...
The Art of Action
How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results
Stephen Bungay - Nov 04, 2010
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Business is highly competitive, complex, risky and fast paced - like combat.What do you want me to do? This question is the enduring management issue, a perennial problem that Stephen Bungay shows has an old solution that is counter-intuitive and yet common sense. The Art of Action is a thought-provoking and fresh look at how managers can turn plan...
Mismatch by Kat Holmes
The Remote Revolution by John Elston
The Digital Nomad Survival Guide by Peter Knudson
From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams by Johanna Rothman
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Virtual Culture by Bryan Miles
Rework by Jason Fried
How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Great at Work by Morten T. Hansen