A busy office is like a food processor – it chops your day into tiny bits. – Remote
From the team that brought us Basecamp, ‘Remote’ is a timely book for an industry that is currently going through a broad debate regarding the topic of remote workers. At Jobber we currently hire all our workers out of our Edmonton office as we believe in the value of buiding a culture through the physical attributes of an office (though we do have flexible policies about working away from the office), but ‘Remote’ makes a strong argument for taking the alternative strategy.
This topic has been thrown into the mainstream with some large companies making very visible statements reverting their remote working policies. Certainly this is not a straightforward decision, so it is only appropriate for managers, founders, and workers to arm themselves with good research to help in making that decision. ‘Remote’ has timed itself well to try and be one of the resources used for such a purpose.
In May 2014, Matt Berman was found dead. He was the third prominent entrepreneur in the Las Vegas startup scene to commit suicide within the last year and half. It is unfortunate that often such dramatic and sad events are necessary to open a dialogue, but I believe it’s important that we use such events to help us take pause and reflect.