Remote: Office Not Required (74/256)

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May 02, 2017 at 02:05PM


Remote: Office Not Required, by David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried.

I’m at the part called “Dealing with Excuses” where the authors trot out the excuses companies make for not going remote, and they ring true–I have heard them all. They all boil down to a lack of trust and with that, fear.

Some bits that really stand out as answers to familiar refrains:

False equality benefits nobody.

Why force everyone in the organization to work the same way?  [. . .] Different jobs, different requirements. People get that.

If people really want to play video games or surf the web all day, they’re perfectly capable of doing so from their desks at the office.

Big businesses love to look at what each other is doing too. But if you hide in the herd, you’re not likely to get ahead of the pack.

I’m looking forward to the next section, “How to Collaborate Remotely”. My boyfriend’s department recently went 100% remote after a reduction in force made their office space obsolete. They have had some bumpy days these past two weeks and I’m interested to see if anything in the next section would be helpful advice for them.