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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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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