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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9780804148993
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In this new book from the bestselling authors and 37signals founders, Fried and Hansson point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else), explaining the challenges and unexpected benefits and why—with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo—more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

The Industrial Revolution’s “under one roof” model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together. Today the new paradigm is “move work to the workers rather than workers to the workplace.” According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly 10 percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend. A full 60 percent wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages. In Remote, iconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea—and they’re going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Remote is the book that twenty-first-century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you’re intrigued by extreme teleworking but have your doubts, Remote is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book.”

    Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “What you’ll find in Remote is profound advice from guys who’ve succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read.”

    David Allen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Remote is the way I work and live. Now I know why. If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book and change your life.”

    Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class

  • “In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You’ll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion.”

    Kevin Kelly, senior maverick for Wired magazine and author of What Technology Wants

  • “Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing, and prescriptive, Remote offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords).”

    Adam L. Penenberg, author of Viral Loop

  • Remote shows you how to remove the final barrier to doing the work you were meant to do, with the people you were meant to do it with, in the most rewarding and profitable way possible—this book is your ticket to real freedom!”

    John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing

  • “Fried and Hansson show how remote working sets people free—free from drudgery and free to unleash unprecedented creativity and productivity. This workday disruption is necessary if we want to use our new digital tools to full effect. The first gift copy I buy will be for my boss!”

    James McQuivey, PhD, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, author of Digital Disruption

  • “Just like we couldn’t imagine a cell phone smaller than a toaster in the 1970s, some companies still believe that they can’t get great performance from their employees unless they show up at an office. Virtual work is the wave of the future, and Jason and David do a brilliant job of teaching best practices for both employees and employers.”

    Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation

  • “Jason and David convincingly argue the merits of remote work, both from the perspective of manager and of worker. For the former, working remotely means more productive teams. For the latter, there is the ultimate luxury: control over one’s environment. Remote work gives you the power to craft your own life, and this book is a roadmap to get that.”

    Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist

  • “The decentralization of the workplace is no longer fodder for futurists, it’s an everyday reality. Remote is an insight-packed playbook for thriving in the coming decade and beyond.”

    Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative

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About the Author
Author Jason Fried

Jason Fried is the cofounder, with David Heinemeier Hansson, of 37signals, a trailblazing software company. He is also the coauthor, with David Heinemeier, of the New York Times bestseller Rework. He and Heinemeier have been profiled in Time, Newsweek, and Wired, among other publications.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.