Simplicity Blog

Welcome to the Simplicity blog, where you'll find a range of content to help you succeed in the new world of work.
The Five Essentials for Success in the Future of Work

The future of work is now, and professionals have more options than ever before to choose when and how to work. With remote work policies becoming the norm, many people are exploring new ways to integrate work and life.

Marketers: How To Thrive In A Post-COVID World

Marketers, consider this: How has the pandemic changed your daily routine? What do you do at home now that you didn’t do before?

What To Look For In A Consultant

In my time with Simplicity, I’ve met with hundreds of clients. I’ve heard their business challenges and aspirations, their pain points and their wish lists.

9 Ways To Communicate With Sensitivity In A Global Workplace

Educate yourself in advance to avoid any missteps and demonstrate respect. Some gestures that are benign in your culture of origin are seen as offensive in other cultures.

AI & its role in narrowing opportunity gaps in a post-COVID-19 world

Together, we are all navigating an uncertain path toward economic recovery as governments around the world order lockdowns, re-openings, and sadly, rollbacks of re-openings.

Overcome workplace communication challenges: a 2-part training series

I was thrilled to help organize a two-part training series to 1) help leaders break through communication barriers, and 2) provide communication tips for overcoming workplace conflicts. Have you ever … Received feedback that you need to be more “strategic” or specific? Struggled to get your point across in team meetings? Been frustrated that no […]

What virtual events can learn from late night

On Friday, February 28, I was knee-deep in Microsoft Research’s largest event of the year, TechNext. Hundreds of researchers from around the world were getting ready to board planes bound for Redmond, WA, to showcase their cutting-edge demos—content they’d been preparing for months, even years. And then the coronavirus hit stateside. Within 48 hours of […]

[Virtual] remote work real-talk

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 […]

Storytelling in the real world: How case studies connect technology, people & sales results

When I left the world of creative and academic writing for technical marketing work, I vowed to use my powers for good. I scorned businesses that used showy, shadowy language to manipulate buyers. Even as a software technical writer who worked on admin guides and help files (remember those?), I strove to make personal connections, […]

Staying connected while staying apart

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 […]

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

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’s grown 91% in the last 10 years, and 159% over the last 12 years. 73% of all teams will have […]

Women.Co: The 5 COs of Successful Women-Owned Businesses

When I started out as a business owner, I wasn’t thinking about being women-owned—I was focused on being successful. And I was, for more than 25 years. I built a business to fit my values and my family’s needs in a way that corporations weren’t doing. These days, in addition to my work as a […]

Interview tips & tricks

This content was repurposed from a presentation that Markelle gave earlier this year to the Women in Business group at UW Bothell. In my role as Talent Manager at Simplicity Consulting, I meet with hundreds of clients and consultants. Those conversations have given me a front-row seat to what hiring managers are looking for. Early-in-career […]

Taking ACTION with Women in Cloud

The morning of the Women in Cloud Summit, Chaitra Vedullapalli, architect of the Women in Cloud initiative, sent an email asking the speakers and organizers to walk into the event with intention. She encouraged them to contribute to the power of community and collective action. To be intentional about contributing to economic access for all; […]

Prepare for WA's paid family-leave benefits

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. […]

3 Ways To Increase Your Team's Diversity

Is your company feeling a little homogenous? You’re not alone. 71 percent of companies want an inclusive culture, but only 12% have reached a “mature” level of diversity and inclusion (source: Breezy HR). Here are 3 easy ways to increase the diversity on your team. But first, let's look at how we typically find that […]

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