Work Life By Design Podcast

Work Life by Design will inspire you with stories of transformation, explore everything from organisational psychology to brand and identify opportunities that exist in your workplace environment to inspire human potential. 

As a passionate entrepreneur with a desire to create places where both people and business thrive my desire is to inspire you to find your place at work and in life.  

Whether you are an entrepreneur, an executive leader or passionate about people and their experience of work, this podcast will give you a dose of inspiration on how you can shake up your 9 to 5. 

Work Life By Design Podcast with Melissa Marsden
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Myths About Goal Setting and How to Bust Them! | Melissa Marsden Wok Life By Design Podcast

Myths About Goal Setting and How to Bust Them!

One of my favourite quotes is;

Only shine your light on the things you want to grow.

It’s become a bit of a mantra for me, reminding me that where I put my attention my energy flows and if I want to be intentional and make the most of the precious time that I have I should in fact be very mindful about where I direct it.

If you focus on the bad stuff and you’ll only notice more of it, sending you into a downward spiral, if you shine your light on the amazing things that bring you joy and notice how much more wonderful things you have in your life, opportunities will present themselves and put that spring in your step!

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Hybrid Work, 9 Day Fortnight & Meeting Free Wednesday - The Future of Work at Entain with Jessica Sharpe - Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Hybrid Work, 9 Day Fortnight & Meeting Free Wednesday - The Future of Work at Entain with Jessica Sharpe

There has been a lot of conversation in the media of late about organisations handing out wellbeing days and rolling out new initiatives to combat The Great Resignation. However as you’ll hear in today’s chat, it’s not as simple as adding a few extra days of leave to the calendar; it takes careful, long-term planning and material change at an organisational level.

Jessica Sharpe is the Chief People Office for Entain Australia, a FTSE 100 company that is one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups operating in the online and retail sector. You may be familiar with them as the local home of Ladbrokes and Neds.

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I Have a Confession to Make… | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

I Have a Confession to Make…

This was the title of a recent post I shared.

I was reflecting on the rough ride that I’ve been through personally over the last 12 months in my business and was surprised by the reaction to it. When I wrote it I felt like I was lowering the curtain a little however in hindsight I think it was actually quite a vulnerable share, that connected with so many on a deeper level.

So, in today’s episode, I wanted to share with you what I did to get me out of that funk! The work I did. The people I surrounded myself with. What I read. The actions I took.

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Enhancing Workplace Performance with Bruce Davidson | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Enhancing Workplace Performance with Bruce Davidson

Building and sustaining an organisation that is still thriving 30 years on is no small feat.

In today’s chat I welcome Bruce Davidson. Executive Director of Davidson, an organisation specialising in enhancing workplace performance through their service streams of Business Advisory, Recruitment and Technology Consulting, they have continued to evolve to stay relevant in an ever-changing world.

Bruce’s main passion in life is assisting organisations and individuals to reach their potential. With an innovative mind, compelling attitude and ever-constant passion for the industry, he is committed to leading Davidson to the position of one of Australia’s leading workplace performance consultancies.

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Level UP! The Power of Personal Development | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Level UP! The Power of Personal Development

Personal growth and professional growth are inextricably linked. In you career, you may think that professional development is what will get you to the top, but let me tell you, when things get really hard, it's not your professional capability that sees you through. It’s your mindset, your resilience and your personal growth.

In this episode, I cover;

  • The power of personal growth
  • How you can level up personally
  • Finding direction, values and joy
  • Taking ‘The Next Right Step’
  • Tools and Resources – where to start

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Raise Your Brand, Profile & Purpose to Thrive in Work & Life with Nicole Hatherley | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Raise Your Brand, Profile & Purpose to Thrive in Work & Life with Nicole Hatherly

We’ve talked about Personal Brand for a number of years now, however our guest Nicole Hatherly, shares with us the opportunity that awaits us as we emerge from the effects of COVID 19; to own our Signature Brand. The opportunity to authentically communicate who we are at our core and the value we bring.

I have had the great pleasure of knowing Nik for a number of years and the personally working with her over the last 3 years and she has been instrumental in supporting me to truly understand what it is that I do and articulate it in a way that captures attention.

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Get Lit UP! | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Get Lit UP!

What makes you happy? What is something you do that makes you feel free, content and full of joy? Something that doesn’t take energy but creates it.

How often do you get to do that? If the answer is anything other than ‘often’, this episode is for you.

These little things that bring us joy; rhythms and rituals we incorporate into our lives are the things that allow us to refill our tanks and continue to keep giving. After all, as the saying goes, you can’t keep pouring from an empty cup.

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Getting You Future Fit with Andrea Clarke | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Getting you Future Fit with Andrea Clarke

Preparing ourselves for the future of work can be a daunting task. Faced with the rapid transformation of technology, the adoption of automation and AI into our workplaces and let’s not forget to throw in there a dose of global pandemic, who could blame you for thinking that the outlook was challenging. But as you’ll hear from today’s guest, it is also filled with possibility.

Andrea Clarke, is an advocate for people becoming “future fit”.
As a former television news reporter and Washington D.C. correspondent, Andrea covered major news events for Al Jazeera English, the Pentagon Channel and Thomson Reuters before working on humanitarian aid programs to re-build Iraq and Afghanistan.
Andrea then led the communication campaign for the Save Darfur advocacy movement to stop the genocide in Sudan.

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Taking Back Your Personal Power | Work Life By Design Podcast

Taking Back Your Personal Power

"Being responsible for our own lives... our behaviour is a function of our decisions, not our conditions". – Steven Covey

Often, we resign ourselves to the fact that we live in a world where so much is out of our control like global pandemics and external circumstances and the limitations they place on our actions. The world can begin to feel heavy.

However, when we bring our attention back to focusing on what we can control, we are able to increase, expand and grow our personal power.

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Living your Life by Financial Design with Mel Browne | Work Life By Design Podcast

Living your Life by Financial Design with Mel Browne

Talking about Money is often a taboo subject, however if we want to be empowered to take control of our own financial literacy it’s a subject that we really need to get comfortable with.

Today’s Guest Mel Browne an ex-accountant, ex-financial advisor & ex-working till she drops. These days she’s a best-selling author, financial educator, business strategist & mentor and entrepreneur who is particularly passionate about helping women live a life by design, and not by default.

Something we both have in common.

Mel is passionate about changing the conversation that women in particular have around money, how we make it, save it and spend it.

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Clarity of Vision | Melissa Marsden Wok Life By Design

Clarity of Vision

What does your dream life look like?

This season is all about designing a work life you love and big part of that is making sure it fits with the life that you want to live.

To do this you first need to define your own version of success, not what others or society consider to be a successful life. This is a trap we fall into often, and it’s important to take a step back and re-evaluate as life and circumstances change to define what we truly want and how we’ll know when we’ve achieved it.

Defining what a successful, joyful life is for you is a big part of then determining what your complimentary work life looks like.

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Career Alignment Without Running Your Own Show with Olivia Ruello | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Career Alignment Without Running Your Own Show with Olivia Ruello

Creating a work life that you love doesn’t mean that you need to head out and set up your own business. Often we hear of people who have climbed the corporate ladder, only to hit burn out and decide that the only way forward is to take their skills and go it on their own.

Well today’s guest is here to share with us, how if being an entrepreneur is not the path that you desire, there is another way.

Olivia Ruello is the CEO of Business Chicks, stepping into the role in 2016, when founder Emma Isaacs expanded into the US. Business Chicks is Australia’s largest and most influential community for women in business, committed to the personal and professional growth of women.

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Values – The Guide Rails to Life | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Values – The Guide Rails to Life

One of the foundations to designing a life and career that you love is understanding your values. That means understanding your own sense of right and wrong, good and bad, what's important and what is not important to YOU, not what you’ve been intrinsically taught, or to those around you.

Values serve as the guide rails to our lives. They keep us moving forward in the right direction, stop us from wandering off course, or into areas that don't feel good, or right for us. They help us to embody the qualities that we want in order to guide our actions and behaviours and build the life we want to live.

This is relevant both in a corporate setting and at an individual level. As individuals we need this sense of self-awareness so that we can have our own moral compass and as an organisation we need them so that we can align our team, create focus, direction, and importantly, demonstrate what is ok and what's not ok.

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Navigating the Messy Middle with Keri Krieger | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Navigating the Messy Middle with Keri Krieger

One of the things that I have noticed as I have grown is that the experiences that we have are not unique to us and that if we look around often many of us are challenged by the paths that our lives have taken.  While we may not be openly and outwardly shouting it from the roof tops or even whispering it to our closest of friends, there is for many of us a period of breakdown which leads to break through.

And this is where today’s guest Keri is here to share what she has learned from both personal experience and from working within Health Retreats how we can reconnect with our midline and move forward in alignment with our own personal path. 

Keri Krieger is a modern-day mystic, fusing her passion for spirituality with the ancient remedies of Chinese medicine and acupuncture to guide women in coming home to themselves. 

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Do You Know Your Why? | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Do You Know Your Why?

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how” Friedrich Nietzsche

Ask yourself this;
What is it that you hope to achieve while you're here on this earth? And what is the impact that you want to make? Why do you do what you do? Why is it important? What is the impact that that is going to have on the people around you?

Knowing why you do what you do is just as important, if not more important than, doing what you do.

Knowing what you do and how you do it is the logistics, the functional and the logical part of your day to day. Knowing why you do it, is what connects you to your greater purpose in life. Your whole reason for being. The impact that you are going to have on those around you, your community, and the world at large. It is the legacy that you will leave for having been here on this earth.

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A Life of Gold & Dust: Alchemy, Authenticity & Courage with Samantha Wills | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

A Life of Gold & Dust: Alchemy, Authenticity & Courage with Samantha Wills

In this week’s chat, I am incredibly excited to bring you our guest; the beautiful Samantha Wills.

For those of you who are not familiar with Samantha, she is the creative powerhouse behind the Samantha Wills jewellery brand. Starting this business in 2004, as a fresh face 21-year-old from her dining room table, she grew it into a successful global business. She lived in New York for 10 years, had production houses in Asia and India, and offices in France and Japan. She then famously announced its closure in mid 2018, when it was continuing to enjoy widespread commercial success. Because there was a lot more going on behind the scenes.

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Is Your Life in Balance? | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Is Your Life in Balance?

I’ll let you in on a little secret.

Balance is BS. There is no work/life balance. You can’t have a work persona and a life persona.

It’s all about integration.

In today’s episode, I’m going to be discussing The Balance Wheel – the most useful tool I’ve found in examining and evaluating all the different segments of our lives and identifying where our time and energy needs to be spent.

I’ll go through:

  • What is a balance wheel
  • The segments of life (outside of work!)
  • Work/Life integration and boundaries
  • Setting goals and shifting your balance wheel
  • A real life example of balancing the wheel in action.

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Designing your One Beautiful Life with Tina TowerDesigning your One Beautiful Life with Tina Tower | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Designing your One Beautiful Life with Tina Tower

One person that I believe optimises the idea of creating a work life they love is Tina Tower. Tina is a self-confessed professional development junkie and lover of work, but has also learned the hard way that continuing to push through is not always the best way.

Tina has lived a vast and varied life to date, starting her first business at 20, she went on to found and grow her tutoring business into a national franchise of 35 centres. When her business was acquired in 2016, she began coaching other people on how to scale their service-based businesses, however, she found she was often repeating the same fundamental information and so decided to create an online course.

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Who Are You? ... No, Really | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Who Are You? … No, Really

You’re probably thinking, ‘Mel, don’t be ridiculous, I know who I am’. But do you really, truly know who you are? How you work, what makes you tick? What values you stand for or stand against? Could you tell me these things if I asked you?

And the reason I asked this question is because until we truly know who we are, I believe that we are just really reacting to the expectations and requests of others, whether that be our family, our friends, our boss, our colleagues, our clients, or even just society in general. Just like I did.

Today, I unpack why it’s important to understand what makes you tick, how this helps you show up in work and life and how having this knowledge and insight can help you maximise your strengths and help you work towards what you want.

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Taking Your Own Powerful Steps with Tory Archbold | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Taking your own Powerful Steps with Tory Archbold

Do you trust your gut instinct? Maybe you only trust it in certain aspects of your life like work or relationships? Sometimes our gut feeling is our best indicator of which direction to take, but learning to trust it can be a journey.

Today I am joined by Tory Archbold the Founder and Director of Powerful Steps.

Prior to 2019 Tory was running the Global PR agency Torstar, launching big brands, celebrities, and influencers such as Megan Gale, Nespresso, Victoria’s Secret and Drew Barrymore in the Australian market. However, while she was getting everyone else’s message out to the world, she realised she had her own story to tell.

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Season 2 Wrap Up | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Designing a Work Life you Love!

Welcome to Season 3! 

This season I want to dive deep into what this podcast says on the tin; designing a work life that you truly LOVE. 

Today, I’m going to tell you a bit about my story; how I ended up here, including the parts where I blew up my life on purpose and how I searched high and low for my true purpose and the meaning of a life truly authentic to me. I’m talking self-help books, philosophical paradigms, conferences and retreats, life coaches; you name it, I did it.  

This journey over the past 10 years has led me to explore various tools, frameworks and ideologies around people, culture, leadership and business, that have supported me to design this work life that I love and this is what I’ll be sharing with you with the help of some incredible guests! 

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Season 2 Wrap Up | Melissa Marsden Work Life By Design Podcast

Season 2 Wrap Up

Is the office dead? Does productivity come at the expense of wellbeing? How do you manage Zoom fatigue? How do you maintain connection in a remote workplace?!

It’s been a huge season of Work Life By Design as we’ve explored all the big questions around what the future of work looks like after the impact of COVID.

We’ve had some incredible guests from a wide range of backgrounds and industries all with different ideas on how to navigate the future of work and manage the expectations of their people with the bottom line of the business.

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Why Your Workplace Doesn’t Work! | Melissa Marsden Worklife By Design Podcast

Why Your Workplace Doesn’t Work!

It may be beautiful but it just doesn't work....

There many reasons why your workplace doesn't work; layout, lack of understanding, doing what you’ve always done. Often clients underestimate the impact of interrogating their brief. It’s common for them to approach a designer or a builder with a wish list, layout and design in mind and the builder complies.

But there is so much more to it.

This week I discuss:

  • Why offices just don’t work, even if they look amazing
  • The essential things you need to consider when designing a workplace
  • The foundations of a workplace strategy
  • Why that workplace strategy is crucial to commercial success

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Are we just creating Digital Silo’s? | Melissa Marsden Worklife By Design Podcast

Technology: Enhancing our Experience of Work

Take a moment and think back to the beginning of 2020.  How has your interaction and use of technology changed?   

I would hazard a guess that at the start of 2020, you rarely worked from home, you may have done the occasional Zoom call [if you even knew what zoom was] and there was no way you would have entertained presenting to a client on it.  All your team meetings were done in person. 

Life looks pretty different right now.  

Today’s guest is Cameron Douglas, the newly appointed CEO of Videopro.  Cameron has been a long standing employee of Videopro who has worked his way to the top and is now proudly leading the organisation into an exciting new technology enabled world. 

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Are we just creating Digital Silo’s? | Melissa Marsden Worklife By Design Podcast

Are We Just Creating Digital Silos?

Communication with our immediate teams has increased with the move to remote working styles, however interactions outside our team or with distant networks has significantly diminished.

We’ve been able to increase our productivity, but our hybrid communication structures, water cooler conversations, impromptu brainstorming sessions and incidental interactions have been lost. So, have we created digital silos, or as I call it, the cubicle of 2021?

In today’s episode, I look at how the rise of digital communication has impacted us and how to tackle the delicate balance between digital overload and digital silos.

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Managing Cognitive Overload with The Third Space with Dr Adam Fraser | Melissa Marsden Worklife By Design Podcast

Managing Cognitive Overload with The Third Space with Dr Adam Fraser

The ability to transition from one event to another has a significant impact on how we show up in those spaces. The mindset and mental state that we approach each task, activity, conversation or moment with ultimately defines how that situation turns out.

As more of us are continuing to work from home or engage in a hybrid work style, the conscious awareness that we know need to bring to these moments has become increasingly important.

So, who better to chat to about the impact of these moments than Dr Adam Fraser; researcher, speaker and the author of “The Third Space” just one of his four best selling books.

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Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted? You’re not alone... | Melissa Marsden Worklife By Design Podcast

Feeling Overwhelmed and Exhausted? You’re Not Alone...

Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. It’s the big conversation at the moment. I’m seeing it in the people I’m coaching, the people I’m connecting with and I’m hearing it from colleagues in the industry.
It seems that many of us that are feeling this way - and turns out there is a LOT of data that explains why.

Research shows we’ve been working longer hours during COVID, but to me, this doesn’t seem like anything new because certain industries and professions have always carried these expectations.

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Can we design work 'Choose Your Own Adventure' style? with Dr Meg Hooper 

Today I’m joined by Dr Meg Hooper, Organisational Psychologist and change specialist. Meg is a registered psychologist with a PhD in organisational psychology and she brings an academic thought process to a very similar world that I tend to work in. 

So the context of what we discussed today is around what can be described as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’; how can we enable, support and empower our people to determine how and where they work and within the predefined parameters of the organisational culture and policies? 

We also discuss: 

  • What is organisational psychology? 
  • Individual resilience vs team resilience   
  • The importance of boundaries in the workplace 
  • Understanding practical elements of cross-functional collaboration 

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It's all about the Chemistry 

In today’s episode, I delve into the relationship between clients and designers and why a fundamental connection is essential for success.

This is a topic I’m incredibly passionate about and one of our core values at COMUNiTI is "it's all about the Chemistry". Essentially, that means we seek to work with people we gel with; people who get us, what we do and how we do it.  We've been tested on these a few times and we've had to make some tough calls, but I’ve learned that trying to make chemistry work on a job is far harder.
I’ll touch on:

  • Why chemistry is crucial
  • The difference between negative and positive conflict
  • Communication breakdowns
  • Outcomes and relationships
  • What you as a client should look for when selecting a team to work with
  • Communicating your unique chemistry - the experience of doing business with you.

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Shaping Work Lives with Kursty Groves 

As Australians we have been relatively insulated from the impact of COVID unlike the rest of the world, so as part of this season and understand the future of work, I was keen to understand what “work life” looks like on the other side of the globe.  

In today’s episode I chat with Kursty Groves a workplace strategist and innovation consultant based in the UK.  Kursty helps workplace leaders reinvent the future of work and spaces that support connected cultures. With a background in innovation consulting, capability development and design, Kursty’s approach to workplace is grounded in coaching and co-creation, putting people at the heart.

I feel very privileged to have been able to have this conversation with Kursty, to understand her perspective as a fellow workplace strategist and advisor to some of the worlds largest brands.

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How Persona Profiling Shapes your Workplace

When we talk about persona profiling, we usually think of psychometric testing and other sorts of personality profiling tests. In the workplace, we generally use these in the context of recruitment and understanding a candidate’s personality before we hire them to understand if they are a cultural fit for our organisation.

What you may not have thought of is personality profiling is incredibly useful from a workplace design perspective. Understanding personal preferences of teams, and individuals within those teams allows us to design a workplace that aligns with different ways of working.

Join me as a break down how we can use persona profiling to make workplace design intelligent.

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Making Work Absolutely Human with Rhonda Brighton-Hall

Work is an incredibly important aspect to the lives of many of us and finding a workplace that enables us to thrive and to contribute forms a large part of our personal feeling of purpose and of belonging. 

Rhonda Brighton- Hall is CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human, Chair of the AHRI Institute, National D&I Advisory Panel, a Patron for ASPECT (Autism Australia) and recognised as a game changer in the future design of organisations, HR, leadership, diversity and inclusion and work.

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The Real Cost of a Fitted Out Workplace

Taking over the lease on a fitted-out workplace to support your organisational growth can make sense on paper however, I often see the intangible costs of this decision realised down the line.

In this episode I’ll share with you how these intangible costs show up and the impact on the performance of your business and how you can begin to build the capability internally to transform your business.

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Decoding Tomorrow: A futurist perspective

Today’s guest is Futurist and Founder of the think tank and trend analysis firm, Thinque, Anders Sorman-Nilsson.   Working with clients such as Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and McKinsey to name a few, Anders is an awarded keynote speaker, author and the host of the 2nd Renaissance Podcast. 

Through our conversation today we explore the role of the futurist in supporting organisations to navigate the future, the blend of the physical and virtual work environment and more.

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5 Levels of Workplace Autonomy: Reimagining Remote Work

There has been much discussion about what the future of work will look like and the decisions that some organisations have already taken, and some at the extremes; to remain working remotely for good or mandated returns to the office.

In this episode I’m taking you through Matt Mullenweg’s, 5 Levels of Autonomy.  As the Founder of Automattic, the creators of Wordpress and a fully distributed workforce of over 1200 people in 57 countries, he has a clear view of these 5 levels that organisations can move through to achieve what he describes as Nirvana.

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The Impact of Wellbeing on Business Performance with Dr Adrian Medhurst

The global pandemic has had a significant impact on the way we all work and live, and this impact has had a flow on effect to our wellbeing; physically, mentally and emotionally.

As you’ll hear in this conversation, its not only our work and life that we need to be considering its also our wellbeing and performance.

Today’s guest is Dr Adrian Medhurst, the co-founder of Benny Button a work-life wellbeing and performance business. Adrian explains the inherent link between our wellbeing and our performance and how this impacts our ability to perform at work.

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Workplace Equality #choosetochallenge

We have recently celebrated International Women's Day with the theme #choosetochallenge and I had the pleasure of sitting on the panel at Orange Digitals recent event, alongside Nicolette Baker and Brooke Jamieson moderated by Liz Ballantyne.

This is a collection of my takeaways and thoughts from the event of where we could continue to choose to challenge and what this looks as both men and women in our organisations

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Returning to the Workplace: Optimising Space for People with Claudette Leeming

Claudette is the Head of Property Strategy & Performance at Australia Post where she is responsible for managing their corporate property portfolio.

In today’s chat, Claudette and I discuss:

  • What Australia Post’s property portfolio looks like,
  • How COVID has impacted the workplace operations differently in each of the states with the varying extents of time out of the office,
  • How they have managed the organisational needs to date
  • As people, our ability to adapt and our resourcefulness to change when we need to; and
  • Her perspective on the death of “hotdesking”.

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The Future of Work: The Impact of COVID

The pandemic has changed the way we work forever.

In Season 2 of Work Life by Design, we will be exploring what the future of work looks like and impact that COVID has had on how, where and why we work.

I’ll be bringing you guests from a wide range of expertise surrounding our world of work, including one of Australia’s largest employers, wellbeing and performance experts, futurists and workplace strategists from the other side of the globe.

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How Long Does It Take To Design and Build A New Workplace 

A question I am asked A. LOT! But I can also tell you that many companies don’t allow enough time! 

The answer is not that straight forward.... it depends.

Today I talk you through the variables that impact how long it takes to design and build the workplace of your dreams! So you can make sure you don’t leave your run too late and need to compromise on one of your largest business investments. 

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Your Wellbeing Strategy, More than just a Fruit Box 

While many organisations have the best of intentions in supporting their employee’s wellbeing, we need to be looking beyond offering a fruit box or introducing a step challenge.

The health and wellbeing of our employees is an employers responsibility, as Gallup say;

“People with thriving wellbeing simply do better in life. And companies with thriving employees do better business.”

We need to be looking at the three elements of wellbeing and how our workplace environments are supporting them.

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Why Flow, Routines & Rituals Are Important In Workplace Design 

It wasn't until we all packed up and went home during our first lockdown at the end of March 2020, that we realised the impact that having a daily routine and rituals had on structuring our day. The act of getting up, getting dressed and "going" to work, all work together to shift us mentally and physically into "work" mode.

The ability to consciously shape that energy shift and guide people through the routines and rituals that are important in your workplace, is an opportunity many organisations don't know they have.

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Translating Your Purpose into Culture 

Purpose is the reason an organisation exists beyond making money.

Finding our purpose as an organisation can be a difficult path to navigate. Not because we don't have one, but because as an organisation we may find it difficult to articulate or communicate in a way that engages our employees.

However, when we know our purpose, we can begin to enable a clear line of sight for our people on what it means for us to be living our purpose as an organisation.

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Reimagine Your Future Of Work? 

To celebrate the launch of the Your Workplace Future Ready program, I’ll be going LIVE daily discussing all things work! If you’d like to join and have a question you can find me on Instagram, Facebook & Linkedin – see the links below.

To kick it off today I’m talking about reimagining our future of work. What we need to be observing in our organisations, the data we need to be collecting and the trends and opportunities that we can be looking to, in order to imagine what our future of work looks like.

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Is Your Workplace Future Ready? 

Doors open to Your Workplace Future Ready next week!!! Tuesday 23rd February.

This is my signature 7 week online program where I guide you through the 5 pillars that underpin the workplace dynamics in every organisation.

There is an art and a science to creating high performing workplace that people actually love and want to be in everyday and over the last 20years I have been developing the tools and methods that I share through this program.

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Drink Anyone? The sh*tstorm that was 2020

This episode was a challenging one to record, because honestly it has been an incredibly difficult year, but none the less, here we are. 

2020 has been the year that saw us switch to working from home overnight, achieving something that years of change programs have struggled to do! It saw us embrace “top dressing” and introduced us to a raft of new skills that we didn’t know we needed or possessed. 

In this episode I’ve taken a look back over the year that was and recapped on the lessons and learnings that we’ve all had to learn as well as how this year has shown up for me personally and all that I set out to achieve.

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Business Innovation, Enabling Work that Matters with Fiona Triaca 

Fiona is the Founder and CEO of Naked Ambition, a design-led innovation company.  She is also the host of Naked Ambition the Podcast where she interviews the people who are making an impact in leadership, Innovation and design, across the world.

This episode unpacks what innovation is within our organisations and Fiona explains the three horizons that organisations can consider in creating and leading more innovative companies, the outcomes that can be achieved and how enabling these skills internally can sustain greater long term innovation within in the organisation long after the consulting team have left the building.

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Setting Your North Star

Gaining clarity on our own sense of purpose and the values that we wish to live by form the foundation from which we can then live out a life of alignment.  When we are unclear on these aspects of our life, we can get off course, make decisions that don’t feel right and enable others to make decisions for us, as we have no real clarity on where we are heading, our North Star.

This episode will take you on journey to prompt contemplation of what your north star looks like and the actions you can take to re-orientate yourself in its direction. 

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Self Fidelity, How to Thrive at Work with Cassandra Goodman

Cassandra Goodman is a coach, facilitator and the author of the newly realised book Self-Fidelity.  With over three decades of business experience across multiple industries she has held many different senior leadership roles, including Global Director of Employee Experience at a healthcare company where she activated the organisation’s purpose ‘Longer, Healthier, Happier Lives’ for their 86,000 employees across the world.

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The Link Between Values and Behaviours

Have you ever considered the link between the values and the expected behaviours in your organisation?  When we set the values of our organisation, we need to go deeper in order to clearly communicate the expectations of our culture.  In going to that next level we are looking at the behaviours that we expect to see when we are living in alignment with the values of our organisation.  When we have clarity of the behaviours, we can then begin to use our environment to encourage people to do more of the things that align with the expected values of the business. 

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The Business of Design

In today's episode, the tables are turned and I'm being interviewed by Amanda Bulow from the Awesome Women Podcast.  We discussed;

  • all things workplace design,
  • how our workplaces have evolved,
  • the different types of typologies and space settings that we have in our workplace environments,
  • we debate whether or not the open plan office is dead,
  • what we might be expecting to see in our workplaces in a post COVID World; and
  • how the workplace will need to consider the next generation.

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Who to Hire & When

Creating a new workplace environment can be a really exciting, but also a pretty daunting time.  So it’s important to get the right people on your team to guide you.

This episode gives you a shopping list of the external advisors that you might want to have on your side and engaging with across your journey.  Designing and building your new workplace doesn’t happen all that often and you want all the help you can get to make this as enjoyable and as fun as possible, while making sure that you're getting the right advice. 

We cover everything from leasing through to building your new dream workplace and who you’ll need at each step of the way. 

 

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Workplace Technology, It's More Human Than We Think with Tom Price & Simon Backhouse from Aston Consulting

Tom Price is the Founding Director of Aston Qld and Simon Backhouse is the company's Associate Director of Workplace Technology.  Aston are specialist building services engineers and technology consultants operating solely in the commercial workplace sector. They are dedicated to delivering advice, design and technical support in the areas of engineering and workplace technology.  

We cover everything from our desire for intuitive technology to the impact that working from home has created on the technological infrastructure of our organisations.

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Designing Your Future Workplace | Work Life by Design by Melissa Marsden

Designing Your Future Workplace | Who Needs to be Involved 

Achieving optimal results from your next workplace requires input from a variety of stakeholders. It requires a diverse range of opinions and view points to ensure that you have looked at the possibilities from the view point of each of the users, and you might even be a little surprised by what you learn about your organisation.

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Digital Wellbeing and the Impact on Productivity

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a speaker, author, researcher and media commentator exploring the impacts that our digitalised lives have on our physical health, mental wellbeing and productivity. She works with organisations, both big and small, to optimise employees’ digital wellbeing and productivity as they navigate remote working arrangements.

In this episode we discuss the impact that our technology is having on our physical health and particularly our eyes, the side effects of being tethered to technology and how we need to balance our “screentime with greentime”.  We also get a bit nerdy discussing neuroscience and the chronotypes that guide us in finding our most productive work time. 

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The Importance of Brand in Workplace Design

An organisations brand is far more than a logo, website or a suite of colours. It is the representation of the organisations purpose, why they exist, where they came from and where they are going. It is their story and personality. Your brand is much more than a logo and a suite of colours.

Your brand is a representation of who you are, what you stand for and how you want people to experience you.

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Creating the rules of belonging with Fiona Robertson | Melissa Marsden Worklife by Design Podcast

Creating the rules of belonging with Fiona Robertson

As humans we are hardwired for social connection in order to survive, a deep need to feel like we belong.  My guest in this episode helps us to understand the connection between organisational culture and the rules of belonging.

Fiona Robertson is a culture and leadership expert, she is also the author of Rules of Belonging - change your organisational culture, delight your people and turbo-charge your results.

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How Much Space Do You Need? | Work Life by Design with Melissa Marsden

How Much Space Do You Need?

How do you know what size tenancy is going to be right for you?  Current space +10%? Industry average? 

 In this episode we’ll be exploring some of the common mistakes that are made in determining how much space you need.  I’ll then share with you three steps that you can take to analyse how your organisation is using your workplace in order to put some data and science behind determining the floor area that your business will need.  

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The Business of Brand in the New Era with Sarah Skeats | Work Life by Design with Melissa Marsden

The Business of Brand in the New Era with Sarah Skeats

Sarah explains how when we connect into purpose, understanding our brand and our community, we can then create a space that articulates their brand and bring it to life in a physical space.  She also shares with us the true impact that a well-executed brand can have on your business, and how investing in your people enables you to live up to your brand promise, along with the role that purpose plays in business.

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How much does a new office cost | Work life by design podcast with Melissa Marsden

How much does a new office cost?

In this episode we discuss all the factors that influence the cost of your workplace from floor area and workplace style through to how your brand influences the level of finish that you desire.  We’ll also be looking at how time impacts on costs and how with the right lease deal, you can actually build a new workplace for FREE. 

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A pragmatic approach to the tough stuff with Ali Hill | Life by Design Podcast Melissa Marsden

A Pragmatic Approach to the Tough Stuff with Ali Hill

In this episode Ali talks us through the opportunity we each have in our organisations to create high performing teams, how we can embrace the ability to support our remote and distributed teams, her shift in thinking around the link between culture and performance and shares how the team at Pragmatic Thinking have implemented three key structures into their day to help them focus their motivation and productivity. 

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Workplace Styles | What are the options? Work life by design with Melissa Marsden

Workplace Styles | What are the options?

Workplace styles - What are our options? What are the various types of environments that exist for us to consider when moving into our new workplace? Now is a really exciting time for us to reimagine our workplace in the future. We've been presented with so many possibilities that lie before us. We're going to be looking at everything from the traditional right through to running a remote workforce, and what makes up each style and how different types of industries have typically aligned with each style. We look at how technology is enabling us to work differently and what that means from a workplace environment perspective.

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Coworking: Designing Space for People with Jonathan O'Byrne | Work Life By Design Podcast Melissa Marsden

Coworking: Designing Space for People with Jonathan O'Byrne

In this episode we discus everything from what coworking is and is not, how the traditional model of the serviced office has evolved and how technology can be sophisticated enough to service even the highest of security requirements.

We also explore the importance of design iteration; the ability to observe and reinvent spaces to accommodate the changing needs of the people who use the space.  Jonathon went so far as to create 9 persona’s for his clients in order to support their varied needs, and space for both the extrovert and the introvert.

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Workplace Trends Beyond 2020 | Work Life By Design Podcast with Melissa Marsden

Workplace Trends Beyond 2020

In this episode we explore what some of the technology’s that our buildings may look to incorporate into the future and how workplace management technology will enable us to monitor, manage and coordinate our workplaces.  We’ll discuss the role of wellbeing and how our buildings will look to become “healthier” into the future and how that can then translate into the physical design to enable employee wellbeing.

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Why you need a wellness strategy with Katrina Walton | Work Life By Design Podcast Melissa Marsden

Why you need a Wellness Strategy with Katrina Walton

Katrina Walton is the founder and director of Wellness Designs, a boutique workplace wellness business supporting Australasian organisations to create healthy, safe, engaged and high performing workplaces.

Katrina believes that healthy employees equal healthy organisations which equals a healthy economy, a win win scenario. In this episode, we look at what a wellness strategy is, why your business needs one, and how you can ensure that your wellness strategy is delivering value to your business and isn't just another strategy that gets filed in the drawer.

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The True purpose of Workplace | Work Life By Design Podcast Melissa Marsden

The True Purpose of Workplace

What is the True Purpose of our Workplace?  This episode explores why we go to work, how we came to be at this place we call work and how our workplaces fill a social need and connection in each of us.  We also look at how our workplaces connect our personal purpose to that of the organisation and how we can achieve significant productivity and performance gains when we socialise at work.  

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Babies at Work, it can work with Nadia Taylor | Work Life By Design Podcast Melissa Marsden

Babies at Work, It can Work! With Nadia Taylor

As an Executive Director at Mapien, Workplace Strategists, Nadia shares with us her career journey of growing from a graduate to building a million dollar practice and how deciding to have a child was decision she had put off.  We discuss the impact that a lack of role models can have on your perception of what is acceptable, the fear that stops us from asking for opportunities at work, along with the cultural shift that comes from having a baby in the office.

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Transforming leadership with a calm mind with Amber Hawkin + Brett Robinson | Work Life By Design Podcast  Melissa Marsden

Transforming Leadership with a Calm Mind with Amber Hawken & Brett Robinson

In this episode our conversation delves into the impact our physical, mental & emotional capacity can have on enabling us to live optimally, the transformational effect of leading with a calm mind on our business’s and the impact of dissolving the separation that can exist so we can bring our whole self to work. 

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The brand story founded on country values with Dugald Warby | Work Life By Design Podcast Melissa Marsden

The Brand Story Founded on Country Values with Dugald Warby

Your brand is so much more than a logo.  It’s your story, what you stand for and how you want to be seen.  In this episode I’m pleased to be introducing you to Dugald Warby. Duge is one of the partners at Hall Chadwick Qld, a firm that was founded 40 years ago with deep roots back to Western Queensland.

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The scientific impact of workplace design with Dr Libby Sander | Work Life By Design Podcast Melissa Marsden

The Scientific Impact of Workplace Design with Dr Libby Sander

Designing a workplace that yields results is in fact a science.  Dr Libby Sander is Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University, where she researches the impact that our workplaces have on our lives across, neuroscience, architecture, psychology, entrepreneurship and urban design. 

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The Value in Designing for Business Values with Nadia Taylor | Work life by design podcast Melissa Marsden

The Value in Designing for Business Values with Nadia Taylor

In this very first episode of Work Life by Design, I am pleased to be introducing you to Nadia Taylor.  Nadia is not only an Executive Director at Mapien Workplace Strategists, she is also an amazing woman!

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Work Life by Design, the Podcast with Melissa Marsden

Welcome to Work Life by Design, the Podcast

Hello, I'm Mel Marsden and welcome to Work Life by Design. In a time when we can work from anywhere, why is it that we actually need to "go" to "work" to "work"? You're about to hear how organisations have optimised their business by shifting employee and business mindsets from slow, stagnant operations, to agile and flexible environments, established premium levels of employee experience and realised substantial profits.

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