I originally wrote this book based on my decade-long experience working from my home office in Australia for my company in London.
During this time my own situation of working full-time in a global and virtual context was quite unique and, for most people, the perception of ‘working from home’ was that of a low-pressure day away from the office that could provide a little flexibility or perhaps some time to catch up on things.
Fast forward to 2020 and the situation is very different. Where previously the motivation to work from home effectively was perhaps not particularly strong – in 2020 it has never been stronger; with the requirement for individuals to optimise their professional performance levels being; not only critical to maintaining their own individual careers, but critical to the very existence of the organisational structures that we all operate within.
The book was updated in 2020 in order to maintain relevance but with the same aim of helping people to work from home effectively. Yes, we cover the basics that will help people get set up (such as sitting on a comfortable chair etc), but the central theme in the book is the process of recalibrating our fixed attitudes and perceptions of the ‘workplace’ as we know it, and to adapt and evolve our habits and behaviour to be more flexible and more relevant to satisfying the work/life challenges and demands of our contemporary lives.
‘In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed’
The conditions that we all live and work in are being fundamentally challenged. We need to adapt and evolve.
Aarron Dann spent a decade working remotely from his home in Australia for his employer in the UK. This experience prompted him to share some of the tips and tricks that he discovered along the way, and really made the difference between surviving and thriving in the modern work from home environment.