Alison Michalk's Top 5 Books On Remote Work

26.03.20 02:14 AM By Jo Palmer

Newly immersed in the challenging yet powerful world of remote work? Here are my top five must-reads for managers or companies embarking on the swift transition to remote work.

In embracing new models of working, don't overlook the chance to radically improve your work "place" in the process. These opportunities don't arise often, so challenge yourself to explore how you can free yourself from archaic traditions.


If you're ditching the office, why not ditch the 9-5pm? There are many aspects of co-located work environment that we've inherited that are not conducive to doing our best work. At Quiip for example, we practice 'radical flexibility'.

These books will give you plenty of inspiration and guidance.


1. Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Friend & David Heinemeier Hansson. Also check out Jason's TED talk from 2010. "Why work doesn't happen at work."

2. The Best Place to Work: The Art & Science of Creating An Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman  

3. It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work by Jason Friend & David Heinemeier Hansson

4. Working Out Loud by John Stepper. See the TED talk here.

5. Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia.


Honourable mention goes to My Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun of Wordpress as this was one of the first books I read on an entirely remote business that affirmed my approach to creating and running an entirely distributed company with no head office.

My current reads include a re-read of The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham; Principles by Ray Dalio and Sapiens by Noah Yuval Harari. Next on my list is Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux which seems to consistently be recommended by business folk I admire.

About Alison


A seasoned entrepreneur, Alison excels at the strategic and tactical elements required to deliver success in today’s business environment. Highly connected, Alison is able to draw on her extensive network to offer insights into the digital strategies and digital transformation driving modern business. Alison has a deep understanding on how to leverage online engagement opportunities whilst managing brand reputation risks.


Operating Quiip as a distributed company, Alison is knowledgeable about new business models, flexibility and the future of work. Alison is also an advocate for raising the profile and participation levels of women in leadership.


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