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58 Must-Read Remote Work Resources | 50 Great Remote Working Resources

FYI | Hiten Shah | March 2020

working remotely - 58 Must-Read Remote Work Resources | 50 Great Remote Working ResourcesRemote work is talked about so much and we’re quickly reaching a tipping point.

It’s going to change the way every type of business operates.

Whether a company is fully distributed (remote), co-located in one office or distributed across multiple offices, the way that work gets done will increasingly look like what we’ve been calling remote work.

Remote work will just be called work in the future.

To help with the transition of remote work to broad adoption, we found as many great resources as we could about remote work.

Here are the best resources we came across after scouring the Internet for countless hours.

The best internet options for working from home outlined by InternetAdvisor cover what's important to a remote worker helping you to assess regional differences so you an make an informed decision

Research Reports

Dogs. Cats. 180+ remote work tips. Embarrassing remote work stories. How people really feel about remote work. Remote work challenges. Statistics about remote work meetings. Find all this and more in The Remote Work Report: Why Everyone Loves Remote Work.

Remote work is the wave of the future. If the state of the current workplace is any indicator, scheduling flexibility in the form of remote work options is poised to become the standard, not just a nice perk of employment. Careerswiki shares 25 remote statistics

Or Buffer’s fully distributed team conducted a survey of 2,471 remote workers which highlights some of the challenges and feelings people have working remotely.

Upwork did a survey of more than 1,000 hiring managers in the U.S. on how Millennials and Gen Z are defining the future of work.

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Google did a survey of over 5,000 employees and also ran focus groups to determine the challenges of working remotely and came up with a set of recommendations they call Distributed Work Playbooks.

TSheets’ survey of remote workers and their employers asked if remote workers are actually working. One thing they learned is that 64% of survey participants say they sometimes take care of personal tasks during the workday.

In the State of the American Workplace report by Gallup they found that 43% of employees work remotely at least some of the time. The full report also contains dozens of other insights about remote/distributed work.

LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trend report found that “Companies that embrace work flexibility have a huge competitive edge”.

Guides and Blogs

A couple of remote team members on the Trello team gathered advice from 10 remote teams including Automattic, Atlassian, Buffer, Evernote, InVision, Litmus, Stack Overflow and Zapier. They compiled the advice and also dispelled common remote work myths to create this guide titled, Why Great Teams Embrace Remote Work.

The Zapier team created a guide based on their personal experience growing a remote team. It’s called How to Grow, Manage, and Work with Remote Teams. It’s full of stories and lessons they’ve learned working remotely.

Great work by SMB Compass who wrote an insightful guide on 11 simple ways to successfully manage remote workers including holding regular check-ins and focusing on outcomes instead of deadlines.  Practical and powerful ways to optimize the experience and productivity of remote teams.

The folks at Hubstaff created a highly tactical guide on managing a remote team titled No Excuses: The Definitive Guide to Managing a Remote Team. It’s based on the company’s personal experiences on topics ranging from hiring remote team members to implementing process and documentation.

If you’re on a remote team using Slack, this guide from Ahoy Team is written specifically to help make your remote company culture thrive.

GitLab has created what they call “The Remote Manifesto” which serves as a brief guide of the company’s eight principles for teams that are working remotely.

Lifehacker has productivity focused articles about remote work dating back to 2010.

Toptal has prepared this 'Suddenly Remote Playbook' for sustaining an enterprise-grade remote work environment.

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Remote teams heavily use Slack to get work done. They have an independent website as their blog which covers distributed/remote work directly and indirectly.

Owl Labs has created a 360° smart video conferencing camera that’s particularly useful for distributed teams. Their blog is called The Remote Blog, so I’m sure you can guess what their content is all about. And they’ve got a whole section on their website that’s dedicated to interviews with remote workers, including me.

Doist, the makers of Todist and Twist are a fully remote team who have been writing in-depth articles about remote work since 2015.

Upwork is all about working remotely and they’ve got a large collection of articles about how to work remotely.

Miro creates a real-time online collaborative whiteboarding tool. Their articles on remote collaboration will help you learn how to work better and more efficiently with your team.

Hubstaff creates software to help teams measure their time and productivity. Their blog is full of articles with best practices for remote/distributed work.

Notable Articles

If you’ve ever wondered about the history of remote work, you’ll get answers in this article from We Work Remotely.

Software teams are already prone to enough challenges and having a remote team doesn’t make it any easier. This article from Clubhouse will help you navigate the common problems and their solutions for managing remote software teams.

Have you wondered if remote work will ever turn mainstream? The Next Web has your answer.

Naval Ravikant thinks that “We’re going to see an era of everyone employing remote tech workers.” Here’s why.

Mental health is important for all of us, and that’s especially true for remote workers. Amir Salihefendic, founder and CEO of Doist breaks down the impact of loneliness and depression on remote teams.

FYI co-founder, Marie Prokopets, broke down the challenges, opportunities and solutions for successfully doing product work remotely on the Product Craft blog.

Working from home can be tricky, especially when you’re new to it. G2’s learning hub has you covered with their simple actionable guide on how to work from home. If you’re an employer of remote workers, they also wrote a useful article on creating a remote work policy.

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Kevin Smith, Chief Product Officer of Abstract, describes how creating a distributed workforce helps enable a more diverse culture.

Jason Fried of Basecamp wrote an article about the positives and negatives of group chat, things especially important to understand for remote teams.

Based on the 180 remote work tips we collected, Marie shares 10 practices to overcome the challenges of remote work on the We Work Remotely blog.

In this interview with Wade Foster of Zapier he shares why Zapier went fully distributed and how they manage to get things done as a remote team.

The TimeDoctor team found and compiled research-backed facts to help prove that remote teams are the future of work.

The folks at OwlLabs put together this curated list with 35 of the best Slack communities for remote workers.

Here’s a detailed instructional article on the Paymo blog about how to turn yourself into a remote work pro.

Ryan Hoover, co-founder and CEO of Product Hunt writes about people’s frustrations with remote work.

Payroll and taxes can give managers on remote teams a lot of heartburn. The folks at Groove wrote an informative primer on payroll and taxes for managers of remote workers.

Personal Experiences Working Remotely

Ted Goas dives into the details of working remotely as a product designer at Stack Overflow.

Mike Davidson, a VP at Invision describes his first year of working remotely at the company.

Emilie Schario wrote about her first year at GitLab, including her experience with the practice of “disagree and commit”.

Matt Haughey who has been working remotely for 16 years shares his tips in this detailed write up of his experience.

Caileen Kehayas explains how she discovered that remote work isn’t right for her.

In this brief write up, Basecamp designer, Jason Zimdars shares his take on the benefits of working remotely that are not related to productivity.

Steph Smith describes her personal experience and lessons learned working remotely while sharing her frameworks for thinking through remote work.

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50 Great Remote Working Resources

We spent weeks reading hundreds of guides on remote working to compile 50 of the best resources that will help startups understand it’s never been easier to manage a distributed team.

The following resources and guides will show you how, and why, you should seriously be considering remote working at your startup.

Working Remotely

It’s Clearly Undefined, but Telecommuting is Fast on the Rise – This New York Times article discusses the rise of the remote workforce and who is a ‘typical’ telecommuter.

10 Good Reasons Why Working Remotely Makes Sense – Ten reasons and examples why telecommuting is here to stay.

Is Your Company a Good Fit for Remote Working? – This CEO lists seven important factors to consider when deciding to create a remote working team.

Why Working Remotely is Better for Business – An argument for working remotely as well as tips for how to do it efficiently and effectively.

The Way to Close Tech’s Gender Gap? – An interesting suggestion that hiring more remote workers could help close the gender gap in the tech industry.

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How SaaS is Driving Remote Working – This post looks at how software is changing what we think of as ‘doing work’.

Why Isn’t Remote Work More Popular? – A post showing why remote work may actually be more common and popular than many think.

One Day Offices Will Be A Thing Of The Past – From Richard Branson himself.

At Automattic Employees All Work From Home And Travel To Exotic Locations – The majority of Automattic’s employees work remotely…and then meet up in awesome places.

7 Great Reasons To Encourage Working Remotely – A couple years ago Yahoo! made the move to reel in remote workers to increase productivity. This post shows why working remotely can actually help benefit your team, your business and your bottom line.

12 Tips for Managing Remote Teams - The exponential growth of remote work is changing how many businesses operate, via Harvard business school online

How Github Makes Working Remotely Not Suck – Approximately 75% of Github’s 245 employees work remotely. This video explains how they do it.

Remote Work Can Work – While working remotely is an ideal situation for some people, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.

The Science Behind Why Remote Working Works – Quickly being able to get into work mode and increase employee happiness are just a couple ways remote working works.

Give People The Freedom Of Where To Work – Working remotely has never been easier…if you hire the right team.

Flexible Workspaces: Employee Perk or Business Tool to Recruit Top Talent? – Yes, many employees appreciate the flexibility to work where they want and having that option is a major perk, but it’s also a tool companies can use for their own benefit.

Rethinking Agile In An Office-less World – A call for applying the agile practices of an office-centric world to an office-less world from a partner at 37 Signals.

Why Coworking Is a Hit for Telecommuters and Entrepreneurs – Though people enjoy not being tied to an office, they still like an office space. This post takes a quick glimpse into the world of coworking spaces.

Why Small Businesses Are Building Remote Workforces – Business Insider highlights why working remotely really works – better talent, happier employees and an emphasis on productivity.

Death Of The Office And Rise Of The Telecommuter – A collection of stats and figures proving remote work is on the rise.

For Employers

How To Build a Telework Team That Gets Things Done – A great guide for how to handle hiring remote employees.

5 Reasons Why Your Company Should Be Distributed – Automattic’s CEO shares his top five reasons why you should consider a distributed team model for your company.

21 Months in: How to Manage a Remote Team – This detailed post clearly explains how one company has made the distributed team model work for them and how they continue to manage the business.

Going Virtual: Hiring the Right Team for Remote Work – Another post with tips and examples of how to hire the right people for your distributed team.

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Are We There Yet? – A CEO who recently transferred his business to a remote working model shares how his, and his team’s, communication has changed for the better.

How to Build and Manage a Team of Remote Writers – Many companies start out with remote employees that work as virtual assistants or content creators. This post from Hubspot details how you should, and should not, go about building a reliable team of remote writers.

10 Essential Tips to Manage Remote Employees – These ten tips for managers are not only effective, but also fun and thoughtful.

Managing Remote Teams: Key Lessons on Hiring, Culture, and Productivity from 4 Top Startups– There’s a ton of information, tips and examples in this post highlighting how four companies have utilized the distributed team model.

From 3 to 16: How to Hire and Build a Remote Team– Insightful tips for building a remote team including defining characteristics of a top-notch remote worker and how to find remote candidates.

Bosses Without Borders: Essential Tools For Managing Remote Workers – A great list of tools including services for time tracking, payroll and invoicing.

How to Run a Company Retreat for a Remote Team – Though you don’t necessarily need to have your team in the same place to work together, it’s still important to put in face time, interacting and getting to know each other on another level.

For Employees

How to Ace a Remote Interview – A great infographic from Hubstaff on how to land the remote job you want.

10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic – This first-person account of adjusting to working as part of a remote team is a great read for those just starting to figure out their personal schedule and the way the work best.

Why Cruise Ships are My Favorite Remote Work Location – Ever spent your workday on a cruise ship?

The Rise of the Remote Worker, or How to Work from Home Without Getting Fired – This article from Time is especially helpful for employees who are trying to convince their managers to let them work remotely.

14 Ways Our Remote Team Stays Sane While Working from Home – Whether you’re the founder or last employee hired, working remotely and often from home can make you go a little stir crazy. See if one of these 14 activities will help you battle cabin fever.

5 Tricks to Get More Done While Working Remotely – This post is part personal account, part clever tips for helping you focus while working remotely and get stuff done!

Working Remotely: Does The Research Prove It Won’t Work For You? – While “commuting” from your bed to your kitchen table may sound appealing, not everyone is cut out for working remotely. Here are some things you should consider before making the switch to working out of the office.

Work from Home: The Top 100 Companies Offering Telecommuting Jobs in 2015 – Looking for a job where you can work from home? Many startups and smaller companies offer flexible working schedules, but this list also highlights some of the world’s biggest companies that hire remote workers.

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