Remote work is amazing. Goodbye to commuting to work, awkward “business professional” outfits, and expensive on-the-go salads. Hello quiet mornings, hoodies and slippers, and delicious home-cooked meals. But remote work is also difficult. You are hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from your colleagues; your home workspace probably lacks some of the comforts of a traditional office; and your boundaries between work and life can quickly become non-existent. To learn how to overcome these challenges, plus many you haven’t yet discovered, check out these books on remote working.
By Teresa Douglas, Holly Gordon, and Mike Webber Unlike many remote workbooks geared toward leaders and individual entrepreneurs, Douglas, Gordon, and Webber focus on the front-line remote worker. This book is divided into seven chapters, each dedicated to a pillar of the WFH’s success. You will learn to fight isolation and loneliness, to work well with your colleagues, and to manage your inbox. Along with concrete advice, the authors include examples and anecdotes to take their points home (no pun intended).
2. Work From Home Tricks: 500+ Easy Ways To Get Organized, Stay Productive, And Maintain A Work-Life Balance While Working From Home.
By Aja Frost On March 20, I walked out of HubSpot’s Boston office with my monitor and keyboard. I thought I’d wear them for a few weeks, a month tops, and then we’d all be back at the office. Of course, eight months later, most of our team is still working from home … and that will be the case for years to come. Maybe forever! This book is packed with all the advice I wish I had when I transitioned to permanent remote work. It covers common scenarios like keeping boundaries between work and the rest of your life (when your office is also your bedroom or kitchen), combating loneliness and isolation, and overcoming the “out of sight, out of mind” effect. Also, if you are a parent, freelancer or manager, there is a special tip for you. When you’re done, you’ll know everything you need to be successful and happy as a remote worker.
By Juan Pablo Buriticá and Katie Womersley, along with contributing authors. This handbook will help leaders overcome common remote work challenges and options, including hiring, onboarding, and compensating remote employees; create communication channels and set expectations; implement a healthy company culture in all time zones; and more. Buriticá and Womersley draw on their experience as leaders of distributed engineering teams at Splice and Buffer, respectively. Employees from Angel List, Doist, Remote.com, and other remote organizations also contributed. As a result, each recommendation is practical, realistic, and is often supported by case studies, examples, and / or data.
By Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, Founders of Basecamp If you are looking for a manifesto on the benefits of remote working, this is the one for you. Fried and Hansson spend most of REMOTE: Office Not Required refuting the arguments against allowing people to work from wherever they want, such as: You don’t need an office for collaboration Your company size and industry don’t matter Your group of potential employees will not shrink, they will grow. Do you already believe in remote work? Looking for practical advice on how to get it right? I would suggest other books, like Work-From-Home Hacks or the Holloway Guide.
By Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran Microaggressions, or Subtle Acts of Exclusion (SAE) as Jana and Baran call them, happen whether you are in remote or shared places. But SAEs are harder to deal with when they’re not all in the same room – you can’t stop by someone’s desk to tell them what they said was hurtful, or stop a conversation in their tracks by asking the offender to leave. What if you were the one who committed the SAE? Relationship damage is harder to undo without the relationship-building effects of sharing an office. That makes Jana and Baran’s book essential reading for distributed teams. Learn how to detect, treat, and most importantly, prevent GSD so that everyone feels safe and included.
By Herminia Ibarra If you are like me, or any of the other managers I spoke with, your professional self-confidence may suffer after going remote. Why? Because you lose a lot of positive feedback. You no longer meet your coworkers in the hallway, see their smiles and nods when you give a presentation, hear their cheers when you win a big bill or get celebratory drinks after a great quarter. All the subtle signs saying: You’re doing a great job! they left. This book will help you regain your confidence. According to Ibarra, the best way to feel like a leader is to act like one. In other words: your thoughts follow your actions, not the other way around. She gives you practical recommendations for doing just that. Whether you’re an individual contributor, an executive, or anyone else, you’ll discover how to improve at work and boost your self-esteem in the process.
By Kirsten Clacey and Jay-Allen Morris Holding remote meetings is science and art. As Clacey and Morris point out in their introduction, virtual meetings are: More intimidating than face-to-face meetings, as attendees feel isolated from one another and cannot read everyone’s faces. It is harder to concentrate; Eight out of ten people multitask more depending on the mood and style of the facilitator. To combat these problems, the authors condensed research, personal anecdotes, and strategies into one short but powerful book. In just 153 pages, you’ll get a true Ph.D. in remote meeting facilitation. One GoodReads reviewer said, “Everyone who meets online should read this book.”
By Wade Foster, with content from Danny Schreiber, Matthew Guay, Melanie Pinola, Bethany Hills, Alison Groves, Jeremey DuVall, and Belle Cooper Zapier has been a remote venture since its founding in 2011. It’s safe to say the team has spent a lot of time thinking on common remote work problems and creating scalable solutions. This guide (which is available online for free) is divided into fifteen chapters. First, you will learn how to hire and manage remote employees. Next, you’ll dive into creating and maintaining a strong virtual culture, followed by tips on productivity, collaboration across multiple time zones, and how to avoid burnout. And finally, you’ll find out how to land a remote job (probably easier now than when the e-book was first written) and work smarter, not harder, with the Remote Job Toolkit. Hopefully, this remote work reading list will help you avoid many of the difficulties of working from home … while maximizing your benefits.