[Virtual] remote work real-talk

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Apr 3, 2020 12:29:51 PM

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been struggling at some level to adjust to this new normal. For those of us fortunate enough to be able to work from home, it’s not just adjusting to working fully remotely—it’s also dealing with headline fatigue and the stress of looming economic uncertainty, trying to homeschool and/or keep your children alive and fed while also working, coping with a friend or loved one who’s sicksupporting someone who’s unemployed or at risk of losing their job, or feeling isolated and alone. It’s A LOT.

We wanted to hear from our community on how they’re staying connected … while staying apart.

Lisa Hufford, our CEO and cofounder, [virtually] sat down with a handful of our experts—a group with 60+ combined years of remote work experience (!!!)—to talk about remote work in this current environment, from leading remote teams and creating an at-home work environment to communicating with empathy. Here’s the full conversation.

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Topics: Simplify Series, News & updates, Talent shift

5 tips for staying productive (and sane!) while adjusting to remote work

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Mar 18, 2020 6:50:59 PM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

A few months ago, I shared five tips for successfully managing remote employees. I also shared some stats on the rise of remote work:  

It’grown 91% in the last 10 years, and 159% over the last 12 years. 73% of all teams will have remote workers by 2028. 

Today, remote work has become an overnight reality for businesses and teams of all sizes as we navigate this global pandemic. Many who have been weighing remote work programs are suddenly rolling them out by necessity, essentially building the plane while in-flight.  

Managers, it’s worth revisiting my tips for the shift to managing your teams while working remotely. And for those who are adapting to working from home for the first time—managers and individual contributors alike—this post is for you.

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Topics: News & updates, Talent shift

Prepare for WA's paid family-leave benefits

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Jan 21, 2020 8:26:34 AM

Download our Leave of Absence Coverage Playbook

As of January 1, Washington state employees can apply for 12+ weeks of paid family and medical leave benefits. 

Thanks to this new benefit, more people will be taking leave than ever before. As a manager, you want to support those taking leave—without overburdening yourself or your team.

Get ahead of it: Put a plan in place now, so you can support those taking a leave of absence and those covering during their leave. 

Download the Leave of Absence Coverage Playbook.

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Topics: News & updates

Start the new decade right: Invest in your personal brand

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Jan 7, 2020 10:18:51 AM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

It could be anywhere—at a party, a work event, or a coffee shop. You meet someone, and they introduce themselves with their name and their job title. And unless their title is truly memorable—and let’s be honest, it often isn’t—it quickly fades from memory.

Now what if they introduced themselves differently? What if they fused their what (job title or impact of their work) with their why (their motivation) in a way that gave you insight into their personality and how they view the world and their place in it? That sets them apart. That’s personal brand.

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Topics: Personal brand, News & updates

FFA x Simplicity: Sponsorship in action

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Dec 9, 2019 10:44:33 AM

2019 was transformational for the Female Founders Alliance (FFA).

The organization tripled its membership, launched its programming on a national scale, inked a deal with WeWork, honored an incredible group of women and allies at the Champion Awards gala, and successfully completed its second Ready, Set, Raise Accelerator cohort—which collectively raised $2.7M and counting.

We’ve been proud to sponsor FFA as it works tirelessly to support female and non-binary founders of venture-scale companies. To show our support, we funded a marketing resource—the talented and values-driven Sara LeHoullier—for 2019 to help FFA expand its reach. As the year rapidly winds to a close, let’s take a look back at all the organization accomplished in 12 short months.

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Topics: News & updates, Women & work, Community

Work + fulfillment

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Nov 21, 2019 3:36:17 PM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

Last week I was privileged to travel to Palm Desert to attend the 2019 Global Annual Meeting of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women—a program that now includes 500 women entrepreneurs from around the world. To say it was inspiring would be a serious understatement. Lisa Schiffman, pictured below, is our fearless leader and fairy godmother who we are grateful for leading this program since its inception.

 I was selected to join the 2014 class of Winning Women and through the years of attending the annual conference, many of the women have become friends. There is nothing more empowering than being in a room of driven women, each making an impact in their own way. This year was no different.  

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Topics: News & updates, Talent shift

5 tips for successfully managing remote employees

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Oct 11, 2019 2:45:11 PM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

It’s #WorkFromAnywhere Week (thanks for the heads up, Career Contessa), which is as good a time as any to talk about remote work.  

In this business, I spend a lot of time talking with leaders and hiring managers about the future of work. And for so many of them, enabling and managing a remote workforce is a big, scary unknown.  

But here’s the thing: Remote work isn’t scary. And it isn’t any different thaon-site work. The same management principles apply in the office and remotely—they're just heightened with a remote workforce. I’ll dig into why. But firstthe data:

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Topics: News & updates, Talent shift

GeekWire Summit 2019

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Oct 10, 2019 9:31:13 PM

The GeekWire Summit did not disappoint.

We learned. We laughed. We met some of our local heroes. And we left feeling inspired by the future of tech and the incredible talent and innovation in our region.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from the event:

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Topics: Simplify Series, News & updates

Tech Impact Awards 2019

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Sep 30, 2019 11:25:39 AM

We’re honored to receive a Tech Impact Award alongside our region’s top tech leaders like DreamBox Learning, Smartsheet, TomboyX, The Riveter, and Zipwhip.

One of the PNW's most distinguished tech honors, the Tech Impact Awards recognize companies in Washington state that are using technology to have a significant impact on business, industry, or society.

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Topics: News & updates

(un)Gala at a glance

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Sep 25, 2019 8:09:48 AM

Team Simplicity recently attended the UW Bothell School of Business' annual (un)Gala. It was a celebration of the people who make the school great, and a chance to hear from alums and students on how the program has shaped their lives. 

We're proud to support the school and proud of our CEO & founder, Lisa Hufford's, commitment to the school's programming and students—as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the past seven years, a former professor, and an employer. 

Read Lisa Hufford's recap of the fundraiser event on LinkedIn. 

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Topics: News & updates

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