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Out of Office: How to Work from Home, Telecommute, or Workshift Successfully

Book Description

Work where you want, when you want!

Want the flexibility to work outside the office? It’s not all “peaches and cream”! There are real pitfalls, real tradeoffs, real hassles. But there are also real solutions. Whether you’re freelancing, telecommuting, or workshifting, this up-to-the-minute guide will help you anticipate every challenge—and overcome them! Simon Salt shares the experiences of dozens of people who’ve customized successful out-of-office work arrangements for virtually every imaginable job and industry. Discover what it takes to run a successful meeting from a coffee shop…manage a Skype call from 35,000 feet aloft…juggle your family’s demands while you’re working at home…set limits, and make technology serve you, instead of enslaving you!

  • Make a clear-eyed decision about whether out-of-office work makes sense

  • Set up a workspace where you can be happy and productive

  • Establish the right boundaries—both personal and physical

  • Maximize your productivity in airports, hotels, airplanes, and trains

  • Keep your work secure and private, wherever you go

  • Stay fully connected and “top of mind” with your colleagues

  • Work with remote teams to build your own personal business

  • Get the job done without working 24x7 (and even take vacations!)


    Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Praise for Out of Office
    5. Contents at a Glance
    6. Table of Contents
    7. About the Author
    8. Dedication
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. We Want to Hear from You!
    11. Reader Services
    12. Introduction
      1. Who Works Out of Office?
      2. What’s in the Book?
      3. Where This Book Was Written
    13. 1. Why You Shouldn’t Try an Out of Office Experience
      1. You Are Too Social
      2. You Are Too Easily Distracted
      3. You Don’t Have the Space
      4. You Need an Office for Clients
      5. You Need Regular Team Contact
      6. Not All Gloom
      7. Out of Office Work Style Self-Assessment
    14. 2. The Benefits
      1. Control of the Environment
      2. Reduced Stress—Improved Health
      3. Community Involvement
      4. Saving Money
      5. Setting Priorities
      6. Setting Hours
      7. Childcare and Bonding
      8. Managing the Process
      9. Recruitment and Retention
      10. Feels Less Like Work
    15. 3. The Challenges
      1. Partners, Pets, Children, and Other Demons
      2. Interruptions
      3. Domestic Chores
      4. Broader Challenges
      5. Isolation
      6. Support Tasks
      7. Technology
      8. Relationship Building
      9. Accountability
    16. 4. Working from Home
      1. Where in the Home?
      2. Office Contents
      3. The Employee Based at Home
    17. 5. Working on the Road
      1. Essentials Items
      2. Smartphones and Smart Travelers
      3. Staying Healthy
      4. Getting Rewards
    18. 6. Getting Organized
      1. Workflow
      2. Carrying It All with You
    19. 7. Rule Setting
      1. The Connectedness of All Things
      2. Unplugging—Not the Future
      3. Shaping Behavior
      4. Pros and Cons of Always On
      5. Creating a Rule Book
    20. 8. Work/Life Integration
      1. Balancing Act
      2. Priorities
      3. The Myth of Multitasking
      4. Integration, Not Balance
      5. No More Priorities
      6. No More Weekends
      7. A Fair Exchange
      8. Stop Watching the Clock
      9. Stop Conforming
    21. 9. Time to Go Back to the Office
    22. 10. Tools and Tech to Help
      1. Videoconferencing
      2. Gadgets
      3. Collaboration Tools
      4. Productivity Assistants
    23. Index