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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.

©2021 Charlie Warzel (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Must Read for all Executives

This book was nothing like what I thought it would be. I’m so glad I read it and I’m grateful to the authors for articulating these concepts. This book will really make you step back and consider who you are and what you are all about… And oh by the way, give you some really interesting things to think about about the future of the workplace.

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Long rambling opinion. The authors seemed to just ramble on rather than stick to the topic of the book.

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Interesting subject but...

This book is politically biased, authors cherry-picking to prove their case. Read it completelly, and do not recommend it.

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Thought provoking

This book takes a very different approach than most regarding the “new world of work“. This book does a great job explaining the history of office life, the technologies that have become common place today, and the management strategies behind it all. I like the way the authors did not as much try to give answers as to pose thought-provoking questions. Definitely recommend it!

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Right on time

A necessary, realistic manifesto for our changing relationship to work. Power to the people who power businesses.

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Look elsewhere for practical guidance, but if you like endless virtue preaching and diatribes about collectivism then enjoy!

There are some interesting thoughts about work form home here. But as a builder of business I found this book less insightful then I hoped. I wanted insight on how to make the best work from home solution for my employees. In fairness to the author, I don’t think that’s what he was trying to write.

It is light on practical suggestions and heavy on virtue preaching as is currently popular. (I think you can have to much of a good thing.). Toward the end it practically becomes a communist manifesto. (If that’s your thing just finish Das Capitol already, nothing new here)

It’s clear that the author has never run or managed in a business. There are basically no practical suggestions on how to effect the changes he suggests. He thinks company’s should ask less of employees, pay more tax, negotiate with unions and be more active in the community. Sounds nice, basically the author thinks the world would be fixed if only everyone else paid for everything needed by everyone.

Then he goes on and on about random acts of kindness that other people are doing for people. Which is nice stuff but… what is this book supposed to be about?.

Then he had a note to executives so I perked up but… nothing useful just obvious fact and useless opinions.

Buy the end I just wondered “What is this book about?”

New Title suggestion “Random Opinions about Work and how the Whole World Should Be Run, and Collectivism is The Best System”

Author has a great voice, he should read other peoples books!

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Great book with sections of bad audio

Sometimes bad audio changes this a bit but the concepts in the book are relevant and well researched and makes up for the problems