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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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Deep Work
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
by 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 ...
Reinventing Organizations
An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations
by Frederic Laloux (Jun 30, 2016)
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The uplifting message of Reinventing Organizations has resonated with readers all over the world, and they have turned it, one conversation at a time, into a word-of-mouth phenomenon. The book has helped shift the conversation from what's broken with management today to what's possible. It is inspiring thousands of organizations--corporations and n...
The Remote Revolution
How the Location-Independent Workforce Changes the Way We Hire, Connect, and Succeed
by John Elston (Nov 29, 2017)
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Categories: ManagementBusiness
Is it hard to recruit exceptional talent? Are you struggling to retain and inspire the employees you have? It's time to rethink hiring practices and examine a revolution that allows professionals to live and work remotely around the world, trading cubicles for experiences that leave them stimulated as employees and as people.After living and workin...
Distributed Teams
The Art and Practice of Working Together While Physically Apart
by 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...
The Digital Nomad Survival Guide
How to Successfully Travel the World While Working Remotely
by Peter Knudson (May 07, 2017)
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Do you dream of becoming a digital nomad - working remotely while traveling the world -but you're not sure how to start? The Digital Nomad Survival Guide is for you. This book provides useful and specific knowledge about travel, housing, work, and socializing to help you set up and manage your new lifestyle as a digital nomad.So whether you can't w...
Change The Way You Work Forever
by Jason Fried (Feb 28, 2010)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book - one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few year...
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work
by Jason Fried (Oct 02, 2018)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
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...
Virtual Culture
The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, a Manifesto
by Bryan Miles (Dec 21, 2017)
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It's the twenty-first century, yet most companies maintain a twentieth century corporate culture. Despite instant communication and collaboration through wireless computers and smartphones, employers needlessly rent or own office space. Bryan Miles has a reality check for you: the future of business is virtual, and it's going to take more than tech...
The 4-Hour Workweek
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss (Dec 15, 2009)
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More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero ma...
Influencing Virtual Teams
17 Tactics That Get Things Done with Your Remote Employees
by Hassan Osman (Feb 12, 2016)
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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...
The Year Without Pants and the Future of Work
by Scott Berkun (Sep 10, 2013)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind 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 is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world ...
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Matt Mullenweg
Office Not Required
by 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 Ya...
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Richard Branson
Work Together Anywhere
A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers
by 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 ...