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Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

Charlie Warzel, Anne Helen Petersen

A future-looking, game-changing book from two leading culture reporters about the radical and transformational potential of working from home, offering a path toward a new kind of work-life balance that can improve our lives and strengthen our communities If you think you've been working from home during the pandemic, Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen are here to tell you otherwise.

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Book Information

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date: 12/07/2021
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 9780593320099
ISBN-10: 0593320093
Language: English

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November 18, 2021

"The authors who make up this year’s Porchlight Business Book of the Year Awards longlist gift us with a feast of new ideas to explore and, even more valuable, a renewed sense of possibility.” READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 08, 2021

The Problems and Promise of Working from Home

By Charlie Warzel, Anne Helen Petersen

Right now, our priorities are backward. Instead of changing our lives to make ourselves better workers, we have to change our work to make our lives better. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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, bestselling 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 another 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.

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