[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

Staying connected while staying apart

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Mar 19, 2020 6:00:00 AM

 

One of my favorite coronavirus Tweets so far reminds us to be gentle with ourselves in these far-from-ordinary times: 

It can be incredibly difficult to concentrate right now—I’m writing this while dismissing news alerts, with a kindergartener doing math worksheets to my left and a 2YO playing with imaginary suitcases at my feet—let alone stay connected.

Now that we’re fully remote, our team has a new ritual: Friday video all-hands to connect, share, and end the week on a positive note. In our first of these v-chats, we each shared our suggestions for staying connected … while staying apart.

We hope that these tips—ranging from tech hacks to self-care reminders—help you weather this storm with your spirit intact. 

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Topics: Simplify Series, Talent shift, Women & work, Community

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

I'm a marketing leader & a millennial mom. Want me to work for you? Give me flexibility.

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Dec 5, 2019 11:02:51 AM

This post was originally published by Stephanie Chacharon on LinkedIn

Two things are true: I love my work. And I’m an amazing mom.

Those truths don’t have to be at odds with each other. But for me, something’s got to give with the traditional 9 to 5 employment model. If you want to keep me—and the countless others like me—employed, flexibility is a non-negotiable.

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Topics: Simplify Series, Talent shift, Women & work

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

Building your on-demand team: low-risk and flexible

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:41:34 AM

 “This new structure allows team members to focus on leveraging their unique set of expertise to deliver greater results…”

Michael, like many managers, is in meetings almost every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and triple-booked much of the time. Michael is a rising star in the company and is highly valued by executives who often ask him to work on important projects. As a result, everyone wants a piece of him. His team values him as their manager and trusts him to be a great advocate for them. Michael’s professional success has opened many doors and new relationships, but has come with a cost—huge burdens on his time and priorities. He runs an important but relatively small team that has many responsibilities.

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Topics: Talent shift

The on-demand workforce: agile, adaptable, accountable

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:41:03 AM

Because businesses increasingly are required to do more with less, companies large and small are beginning to see the critical need for project-based, on-demand teams to drive business outcomes.

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Topics: Talent shift

The SPEED solution: delivering at the speed of digital

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:39:58 AM

 SPEED is about defining your business needs and goals and determining what talent and skills you’ll need to achieve success.

Several years ago, my team invented a new approach to work. SPEED stands for Success, Plan, Execute, Evaluate and Decide. It changes the way most managers traditionally look at things. First and foremost, SPEED enables you to have a much broader viewpoint than simply placing names on an organizational chart. SPEED is about defining your business needs and goals and determining what talent and skills you’ll need to achieve success. Here’s some of the feedback we hear:

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Topics: Talent shift

The talent shift mindset and project-based approach

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:39:20 AM

 The old “work for one business until you retire” mentality is no longer realistic, even feasible, for the modern workplace.

Since 2006 when I started my company, I’ve seen how agility and outside-the-box thinking has enabled some organizations to stay competitive and drive innovation in impressive ways, and has accelerated their business results and allowed them to move fast in a turbulent marketplace.

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Topics: Talent shift

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