People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

The UX of Office Working – Remote: Office Not Required

book cover: remote office not requiredWhen do you work best? Where do you work best? Is it really 9am-5pm in the office? If the answer is yes, that’s good for you. But for most of us, the answer is no.

How can we improve the user experience (UX) of office working?  Note: we did not say working in the office.

Recently read the book “Remote: Office Not Required”. Here are some highlights:

  • Why work doesn’t happen at work (the modern office has become an interruption factory with distractions and meetings).
  • Stop commuting your life away (the best place to live depends on who you are and what you like, not where you work).
  • It’s not all or nothing re: remote working (hybrid models like morning remote, afternoon local).
  • If I can’t see them, how do I know they’re working (when you’re working remotely, your actual work – what you produce – says it all).

Another great book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. We also recommend the book “Rework”.

What do you think? Is remote working for you? Sound off in the comments.


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