17 Books about working remotely
1. Remote: Office Not Required — Jason Fried & David H. Hansson
What it’s about:Remote: Office Not Required is a book that challenges the norm — the Industrial Revolution model of work. For so long, our lives have been dominated by the need to be physically present at work every single day. However, with benefits such as access to a massive talent pool, reduced turnover rates, and lesser real estate footprint, the concept of working remotely is becoming increasingly popular. This book, with its entertaining narrative and eye-opening ideas, encourages organisations to build remote teams across the globe.
Why you should read it:If you’re still wary about working remotely, this remote team management book will teach you all about building and managing remote teams. Whether you're managing remote teams, working solo, or even if you're part of a larger distributed team, this book is a call to action to end the oppression of being bound to a physical workplace.
2. The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work — Scott Berkun
What it’s about:Did you know that almost 20% of the entire web uses WordPress? And yet, the force behind WordPress.com is a small business called Automattic, Inc. This company has only 120 employees who work from all over the world and barely use emails. And yet, they still manage to launch updates to their products at least a dozen times a day. But how is this possible? How are they managing remote teams? This book answers all that and more.
Why you should read it:Written by former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun who also worked as a manager at WordPress.com, The Year Without Pants reveals insights on productivity, creativity, productivity, and leadership in a remote setup. If you're managing your own remote team, this book is definitely a must-read!
3. Distributed Teams: The Art and Practice of Working Together While Physically Apart — John O’Duinn
What it’s about:Imagining a world where you could have a meaningful, well-paid career that you could enjoy without the dreadful daily commute to your office? Or a world where you could effectively communicate with your team even when they are thousands of miles away? Well, that is actually possible! And this book tells you exactly how you can work together as a team, even though you’re miles apart from them.
Why you should read it:If you're someone who is working in a remote team, Distributed Teams will equip you with practical takeaways on topics such as
- The art of running efficient video calls,
- How to handle complex interpersonal issues in a distributed team and
- How to establish a robust group culture. An insightful, entertaining read, for sure!