REMOTE: Office not required – working in The Anywhere Office

November 1, 2013 by  

I was very excited last week when this short video from 37 Signals showed up in my inbox promoting their new book REMOTE – Office Not Required.  Take a few minutes and watch it as they talk about all the things I’ve long championed as the advantages of embracing and working in The Anywhere Office® – especially with regards to lifestyle compatibility and productivity.

If you’ve read the articles I post on this blog it should come as no surprise to you that I loved the NY Times Bestseller REWORK written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37 Signals (the company that created the popular  online collaboration and project management software  Basecamp). In REWORK they challenge the usual thoughts and paradigm about work, meetings and what you need to run a successful company. It really changes the way you think about running a business in today’s world of work.

Well it looks like Jason and David have done it again this week with the release of their new book called REMOTE – Office Not Required. This book speaks more directly to the concept of The Anywhere Office® that we discuss and celebrate here on this blog. This short blurb about their book says it all:

As an employer, restricting your hiring to a small geographic region means you’re not getting the best people you can. As an employee, restricting your job search to companies within a reasonable commute means you’re not working for the best company you can. REMOTE, the new book by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime, anywhere.

While I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet I’m sure their attitude and sense of humor are firmly in place as they tackle the often taboo topic of letting people work where and when they want. If you want to be a company of choice and truly create amazing products (or deliver amazing services) you need to hire and work with the best people. This means not limiting yourself or your choices. I’ve long believed if you hire good people and show them the trust and flexibility to work in a way that is best for them – they will yield amazing results. I’m still amazed that so few companies realize this and still believe in the “command and control” style of management. It is just these outdated concepts that I challenge and address in our online workshop The Art of Virtual Leadership.

Thanks Jason and David for rising to the call and writing this important book. I look forward to writing a more in depth review once I’ve had a chance to give it a read.

Have you read REWORK or REMOTE yet?  Leave your comments below and share your thoughts!

  • As an employer, restricting your hiring to a small geographic region means you’re not getting the best people you can. As an employee, restricting your job search to companies within a reasonable commute means you’re not working for the best company you can…LOVED that. Thanks for sharing 🙂