Work Together Anywhere
A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—
for Individuals, Teams, and Managers
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About the book
Some see working remotely as an excellent opportunity; others see it as an unavoidable reality. However it is that you approach the remote option, you’ll want to know how to get where you want to go. Enter: Work Together Anywhere. Other books on remote working share how individuals can find remote work, or how managers can work with remote teams. But either approach tells just half the story. To work remotely successfully, we have to work together—and this guide book will help you do just that.
Packed with tips, tools, and to-do lists gleaned from personal experience, extensive research, and interviews with nearly 100 remote workers and manager/owners, this book is organized to guide readers—individuals or managers—straight to the information that will help most, whether you’re just considering, ready to start out, or perfecting your game. In addition, each section includes hands-on materials to help readers further their pursuits, while the book’s lengthy resources section shares where to turn next.
The book’s “extras” include: a wide-ranging FAQ, an at-a-glance chart on how to replicate online the benefits of working on-site (Part I); a questionnaire to help individuals assess their remote-work readiness—plus a game plan for convincing your boss (Part II); notes on how to make an office remote-ready, and a cheat sheet on interviewing remote workers (Part III); instructions and template for creating a remote team agreement, tips for running effective online meetings, and a manager’s action plan that encapsulates Part IV.
How to Use This Book
Foreword by Jurgen Appelo
PART I—Setting the Scene: Some of the Who, What, Where, and Why of Remote Working
Chapter 1. Setting the Scene: Why Are Individuals Going Remote? Workplace Flexibility
Chapter 2. How Remote Working Benefits Employers
PART I EXTRAS
- Frequently Asked Questions
- At a Glance: How to Replicate Online the Benefits of Working On-Site
PART II—How Individuals Can Work Remotely Successfully
Chapter 3. Remote Working 101—Getting Started
Chapter 4. Remote Working 201—Perfecting Your Game
PART II EXTRAS
- Questionnaire for Individuals: Are You Ready to Work Remotely?
- Convincing Your Boss (or Team)
- Seeking Remote Employment
- FlexJobs List: 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2018
PART III—Successful Remote Teams 101: Hiring and Transitioning
Chapter 5. Hiring Remote Workers and Teams
Chapter 6. Transitioning Toward the Remote Option
PART III EXTRA
- Cheat Sheet: What to Look for When Interviewing a Remote Worker—Plus Sample Questions for Assessing a Candidate
PART IV—Successful Remote Teams 201: Managing
Chapter 7. Commit and Lead, Trust and Succeed
Chapter 8. Facilitate Their Success with Leadership, Alignment, and a Full Arsenal
Chapter 9. Tune Your Team with a Working Agreement
Chapter 10. Bring It All Together
PART IV EXTRAS
- Manager’s Action Plan
- Remote Team Agreement: Instructions & Template
- Tips for Online Meetings: Facilitators
- Tips for Online Meetings: Participants
Conclusion: Doing Great Things Together
- Technology & Tools
- For Further Reading/Listening/Consultation
- Work Together Anywhere Workshop
About the author
I am a remote-working German-born American living in the Netherlands and I am totally jazzed by the fact that it’s possible to work from anywhere. In fact, it’s not just possible; it’s completely, productively workable—if you do it right.
From first-hand experience as well as from interviews with more than 100 workers and manager/owners, I have collected a treasure trove of advice & action lists, pitfalls & solutions, and personal reports of individuals and teams engaged in doing great things—successfully—from wherever they happen to be. I’ve woven all that into my company, COLLABORATION SUPERPOWERS.