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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 ...
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...
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 ...
The Remote Revolution
How the Location-Independent Workforce Changes the Way We Hire, Connect, and Succeed
John Elston - Nov 29, 2017
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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...
Virtual Culture
The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, a Manifesto
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...
Working Remotely
Secrets to Success for Employees on Distributed Teams
Teresa Douglas - Jan 07, 2020
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The world is now your office! You can work from home, from a coffee shop, or even from the gym—but how do you keep on task and stay motivated when you’re alone.In Secrets of the Remote Workforce, authors Mike, Holly, and Teresa discuss how to ward off toxic levels of loneliness, how to get what you need from colleagues spread across the world, and ...
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...
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...
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Kelly Vaughn
The Digital Nomad Survival Guide
How to Successfully Travel the World While Working Remotely
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...
Rework
Change The Way You Work Forever
Jason Fried - Feb 28, 2010
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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...
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
The Art of Working Remotely by Scott Dawson
Working From Home by Karen Mangia
Making Remote Work Work by Gil Gildner