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by Kevin Davidkin - Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 1:25 AM
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Best books on remote work for Remote Workers

Remote work is amazing. You can say goodbye to the lonely commute, the uncomfortable professional outfits, and high-priced takeout.

Good morning, leisurely mornings, slippers and hoodies, and delicious meals at home.

Remote work can be a challenge. Remote work is difficult as it is possible to be hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Additionally, you have a home workspace that does not have the amenities that an office has. It could quickly cause the boundaries between work and home blur.

Check out these books to learn more about remote work.

1. Working Remotely: Tips to Success for Workers on Distributed TeamsUnlike many remote work books that are geared towards leaders and solopreneurs, Douglas, Gordon, and Webber focus on the front-line remote worker. The book is split into seven chapters that each concentrate on a particular pillar of WFH success.

Learn how to combat loneliness, make friends with your fellows and manage your email inbox. The authors provide concrete tips and include anecdotes as well to help make their points more tangible (no pun intended).
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2. Work-From-Home Tips: 500+ Ways to Stay Organized and Productive While Working From Home!On March 20th I left HubSpot's Boston office with my laptop and keyboard. I was thinking they'd be mine for some weeks or even one month, and then return to the office.

Of course 8 months later, the majority of our team is still working from the comfort of their homes ... and that will continue to be the case for many years to come. It may be forever!
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This book is packed with everything I wish I had when I moved to a permanent remote job. It addresses common situations like maintaining boundaries between work and your life (when your office is also your kitchen or bedroom), combating isolation and loneliness, and overcoming the "out of sight out of mind, out of sight" effect. Plus, if you're a parent, freelancer or manager, you'll find a special tips specifically for you.

By the time you finish you'll have all the information you need to know to be successful and happy as remote workers.

3. The Holloway Guide to Remote WorkThis guide will provide direction for leaders in overcoming the common issues associated with remote working, such as how to recruit onboard, pay, and reward remote employees; set expectations and communication channels and establish a healthy corporate culture that is able to span time zones; and much more.

Buritica and Womersley draw on their experience as the leaders of distributed engineering teams at Splice and Buffer, respectively., Angel List, Doist, and other remote organizations also contributed. So, every recommendation is practical and real.

4. REMOTE NOT REQUIREDThis document is a manifesto about the benefits of remote work. Hansson and Fried spend most of their time working remotely. Office Not Required disproving arguments against people being capable of working wherever they like.

You don't need an office for collaborationNo matter the size of your company or industry, it doesn't matter.Your pool of potential employees is not going to shrink, it will growAlready believe in remote work? Looking for useful tips to help you do it right? I suggest other books such as Work-From-Home Hacks, or the Holloway Guide.

5. Subtle Acts to Avoid: How to Identify, Stop and Identify MicroaggressionsMicroaggressions, or Subtle Acts of Exclusion (SAEs) As Jana Baran and Jana refer to them, can happen regardless of where you are.

But SAEs are harder to manage when you're not together in the same space. You can't drop by someone's desk to inform them that what they said was harmful, or end a conversation in its tracks by asking the offender to go away.

You're the one who did the SAE. It's more difficult to repair the relationship damage without the building of trust through the sharing of office space.

Jana Baran's book is essential reading for teams that are distributed. Learn how to recognize, manage, and prevent SAEs, so everyone is safe.