Virtual Internships: Summer Reading

If you’re anything like me, you’re looking for something to do in from the Indiana heat right now. And what better way to spend a summer day than with a good book? Since many of us are still learning how to work effectively at home, it seems like a good topic for some summer reading. Here are nine suggestions to help you be a better virtual intern (or supervisor!) this summer:

1. Work from Home Superstar: How to Stay Focused and Rock Your Day

We all know that distraction is one of the worst enemies of working from home. This book understands the struggle and offers advice about how to be just as productive at home as in the office.

2. Effective Virtual Conversations: Engaging Digital Dialogue for Better Learning, Relationships and Results

Another real challenge of working remotely is communicating virtually. This book focuses on digital communication and provides some new techniques to navigate new modes of conversation.

3.  Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, a Manifesto

Published in 2017, this book explains how our culture is not only ready for, but actually needs, more flexible work options. If that wasn’t true before, it certainly is now!

4.  Can You Hear Me?: How to Connect with People in a Virtual World

Although it’s more difficult to build meaningful relationships from a distance, they are still valuable. This book offers advice about how to make and maintain connections while working from home.

5. Where in the World is My Team?: Making a Success of Your Virtual Global Workplace

Collaboration certainly hasn’t gone out of style, but it has changed significantly with virtual work. This book focuses on remote teamwork and the potential that it offers.

6. Working Remotely: Secrets to Success for Employees on Distributed Teams

This book’s three authors share wisdom from their individual experiences of working from home. They discuss personal challenges – like loneliness – that many people experience while working remotely.

7. Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers

Learning to work more independently doesn’t mean forgetting how to work on teams. This book offers advice on effective teamwork in a virtual world.

8. The Art of Working Remotely: How to Thrive in a Distributed Workplace

This book’s author shares insights from his 21 years of experience working from home. His relatable stories also offer lessons on being an effective virtual employee.

9. Remote: Office Not Required

If you’re still trying to find the bright side of working from home, this book is for you. It makes the case for remote work, not as a necessary evil but actually an ideal option.

Which one of these are you adding to your summer reading list? Let us know in the comments!

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