Written by Lisette Sutherland & K. Janene-Nelson
Foreword by Jurgen Appelo, CEO at Happy Melly
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ABOUT THE BOOK
In today’s modern global economy, telecommuting is no longer a novelty. Companies and organizations everywhere are embracing the game-changing benefits of allowing employees to work outside the office, and the results are profound: managers benefit by saving money and resources and by having access to talent outside their zip codes, while employees enjoy greater job opportunities, productivity, independence, and satisfaction—in part from the time saved not commuting.
The reality is clear: working remotely can be a win-win for everyone.
But that win is only possible when companies have a plan for supporting efficiency and fostering streamlined, engaging teamwork, and when individuals are prepared to collaborate productively. In Work Together Anywhere, Lisette Sutherland, an international champion of virtual-team strategies, offers a full-service guide to thriving in the remote workplace.
Sharing powerful advice gleaned from professional experience, extensive research, and interviews with workers and manager/owners around the world, Work Together Anywhere sets out a complete blueprint for optimizing team success, including:
- assessing and developing an individual’s team-focused capacity
- establishing a remote-ready office
- crafting team agreements
- running effective online meetings
- facilitating positive communication practices
Packed with hands-on materials and actionable advice for cultivating camaraderie, agility, and collaboration, Work Together Anywhere is a thorough and inspiring must-have guide for anyone who wants to get ahead in today’s remote-working world.
Chapter 1. Setting the Scene: Why Are Individuals Going Remote? Workplace Flexibility
Chapter 2. How Remote Working Benefits Employers
PART I EXTRAS
Frequently Asked Questions
At a Glance: How to Replicate Online the Benefits of Working On-Site
PART II EXTRAS
Questionnaire for Individuals: Are You Ready to Work Remotely?
Convincing Your Boss (or Team)
Seeking Remote Employment
FlexJobs List: 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2018
Chapter 5. Hiring Remote Workers and Teams
Chapter 6. Transitioning Toward the Remote Option
PART III EXTRAS
Cheat Sheet: What to Look for When Interviewing a Remote Worker—Plus Sample Questions for Assessing a Candidate
PART IV—Successful Remote Teams 201: Managing
Chapter 7. Commit and Lead, Trust and Succeed
Chapter 8. Facilitate Their Success with Leadership, Alignment, and a Full Arsenal
Chapter 9. Tune Your Team with a Working Agreement
Chapter 10. Bring It All Together
PART IV EXTRAS
Manager’s Action Plan
Remote Team Agreement: Instructions & Template
Tips for Online Meetings: Facilitators
Tips for Online Meetings: Participants
Technology & Tools
For Further Reading/Listening/Consultation
Work Together Anywhere Workshop
—FROM THE FOREWORD BY Jurgen Appelo
“AN EXCELLENT GUIDE on how teams can effectively work together, regardless of location.”
—STEPHANE KASRIEL, former CEO OF UPWORK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisette Sutherland is a public speaker, workshop leader, entrepreneur, and virtual virtuoso. She is the director of Collaboration Superpowers, a company that helps people work together from anywhere through online and in-person workshops. Her Collaboration Superpowers podcast was deemed among the Best Remote Work Podcasts by Workplaceless and one of 6 Best Productivity Podcasts for Your Team by Hive. She lives in the Netherlands and works anywhere there’s a digital connection.
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Newer collaboration technology, however, can enable the very feedback loops young workers are missing, said Lisette Sutherland, an expert on working remotely and the author of the book Work Together Anywhere.
“You have to make communicating with each other so easy that it’s like talking to someone right next to you,” Sutherland said. “It sounds really simple, but most multinational workers don’t even have headsets. Another big part of it is turning the video on. People don’t realize how much team building you can do just by turning on the screen.”
Sutherland said that the richer, real-time interface provided by a new wave of technological advances will help quell the isolation people feel when working at home. Robotic cameras that move through the halls of an office and pivot to look around a conference room will help remote workers feel more connected.