Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home (Unabridged)
“This book will challenge you to rethink what it takes to make remote work work—not just for companies, but for people.” —Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
The future isn’t about where we will work, but how. For years we have struggled to balance work and life, with most of us feeling overwhelmed and burned out because our relationship to work is broken.
This “isn't just a book about remote work. It's a book that helps us imagine a future where our lives—at the office and home—are happier, more productive, and genuinely meaningful” (Charles Duhigg, best-selling author of The Power of Habit).
Out of Office is a book for every office worker – from employees to managers – currently facing the decision about whether, and how, to return to the office. The past two years have shown us that there may be a new path forward, one that doesn’t involve hellish daily commutes and the demands of jam-packed work schedules that no longer make sense. But how can we realize that future in a way that benefits workers and companies alike?
Based on groundbreaking reporting and interviews with workers and managers around the world, Out of Office illuminates the key values and questions that should be driving this conversation: trust, fairness, flexibility, inclusive workplaces, equity, and work-life balance. Above all, they argue that companies need to listen to their employees – and that this will promote, rather than impede, productivity and profitability. As a society, we have talked for decades about flexible work arrangements; this book makes clear that we are at an inflection point where this is actually possible for many employees and their companies. Out of Office is about so much more than zoom meetings and hybrid schedules: it aims to reshape our entire relationship to the office.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It might seem like a lot of us started working from home during lockdowns in the spring of 2020—but in this enlightening business self-help guide, reporters Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Peterson argue that we just ended up living at work instead. For remote work to truly benefit workers (and not just companies’ bottom lines), real and disruptive changes need to be made—not just in the way we work but in the way we think. Warzel and Peterson (a married couple who moved from Manhattan to Montana) salt their research and interviews with cautionary stories from their own move. For example, rents in their new hometown skyrocketed because of newcomers like them, while wages for those who already lived there stayed stagnant. In this audiobook, Warzel takes narration duties. While his delivery is as casual as the couple’s writing style—the first NSFW expletive comes in the second sentence of the introduction—Out of Office offers advice on what work/life balance really means, for bosses and employees alike.