15 episodes

The Floorplan is a thorough and sometimes funny exploration of our attempts to navigate the modern workplace and the future of work. Steven Spielberg says he wakes up so excited that he can’t eat breakfast. But for most of us, work is far less fulfilling. The way we design jobs and where we expect people to perform  can be dull at best and dehumanizing at worst.

Less than a third of workers worldwide are engaged, sociopathic leadership is one of the hottest topics trending in management research, and 61% of workers report that work-related stress makes them physically sick.

Far from overjoyed, and after enduring lengthy commutes, work for many employees seems to fall on either end of an unhappy spectrum – bored to death or stressed to death.

Borrowing from case studies, expert guests, and ground-breaking research, The Floorplan hosts Dr Libby Sander and broadcaster Matt Webber uncover what individuals and organizations can do to make the workplace experience better for everyone. 

For more head to www.libbysander.com

The Floorplan with Dr Libby Sander Libby Sander & Matt Webber

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

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The Floorplan is a thorough and sometimes funny exploration of our attempts to navigate the modern workplace and the future of work. Steven Spielberg says he wakes up so excited that he can’t eat breakfast. But for most of us, work is far less fulfilling. The way we design jobs and where we expect people to perform  can be dull at best and dehumanizing at worst.

Less than a third of workers worldwide are engaged, sociopathic leadership is one of the hottest topics trending in management research, and 61% of workers report that work-related stress makes them physically sick.

Far from overjoyed, and after enduring lengthy commutes, work for many employees seems to fall on either end of an unhappy spectrum – bored to death or stressed to death.

Borrowing from case studies, expert guests, and ground-breaking research, The Floorplan hosts Dr Libby Sander and broadcaster Matt Webber uncover what individuals and organizations can do to make the workplace experience better for everyone. 

For more head to www.libbysander.com

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    Finding Your Dream Career, Lola Berry, Navigating Failure, Finding Purpose with Work

    Finding Your Dream Career, Lola Berry, Navigating Failure, Finding Purpose with Work

    Can you plot your way to your perfect job or is it all blind luck? What does science have to say? Libby and Matt reflect on their own unusual career trajectories as they consider the method in searching for an ideal working life and discuss the rise of the multi-hyphenate career.

    Also, you'll hear from nutritionist, author, and actor, Lola Berry. (www.lolaberry.com) about the resilience and happiness that comes from challenging yourself to pursue truth in your working life.

    Lola has been active in the media world in Australia for over a decade; speaking on TV shows such as; Studio 10, The Today Show, Mornings. Plus, she’s a best-selling author and has written 11 health and wellness books. Lola has a podcast called “Fearlessly Failing with Lola Berry” where she interviews notable profiles about their highs and
    lows, aimed at inspiring others to chase their dreams. Lola is also a qualified nutritionist (bachelor of health science majoring in nutritional medicine). She’s open, honest, and speaks with no filter about her own life experiences; from her recent IVF journey to her body and mental health issues, all in a bid to help others.
    Lola also has a strong social media presence; 178K Instagram followers, 145K Facebook fans, and regularly works as an ambassador for social and digital campaigns.

    Zombie Leadership, Prof Alex Haslam, Why Dead Models of Leadership Persist, The Problems with Leadership Development and More

    Zombie Leadership, Prof Alex Haslam, Why Dead Models of Leadership Persist, The Problems with Leadership Development and More

    This week Libby and Matt dig into the scourge of 'zombie leadership' and ponder the broader ramifications of it. Immortalized in tropes of terrible leader behaviors in TV shows like The Office and Utopia, unfortunately, zombie leadership is alive and well in organizations.

    Libby's guest, Professor Alex Haslam from the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology led research into ideas about leadership which are still popular despite being harmful for individuals, groups, and organisations.

    “It’s known as ‘zombie leadership’ because despite being demonstrably false, these claims refuse to die,” Professor Haslam said.

    In this wide-ranging chat, Libby and Alex explore what zombie leadership is and what we can do about it, why dead models of leadership refuse to die, Elon Musk and Twitter, the problems with the leadership consulting industry, and more.

    Pseudo-Productivity, Dream Offices in Japan, The Problem with Busyness, Work Updates and more

    Pseudo-Productivity, Dream Offices in Japan, The Problem with Busyness, Work Updates and more

    The view from Japan this week!

    Freshly returned from a Bond University Business School Japan Study Tour, Dr Libby Sander reports on the dream Tokyo workspaces occupied by clothing giant Uniqlo (Fast Retailing) and real estate group JLL, ponders some of the big questions being faced in the landscape of work in Japan, and with a little help from a new book by author Cal Newport, discusses the scourge that is 'pseudo-productivity'. Libby and Matt also discuss how libraries and cafes within workspaces can inspire creativity and ignite our imagination. They cover new research from the WHO that finds 60% of people are too busy to enjoy their life. Why is this happening more and more and how can we break the cycle? Tips on what individuals and companies can do to create change and end hustle culture at work.

    What Does the Ideal Workplace Look Like, What our Office Kitchens Say About Us, The Future of the Office and Other Weird Workplace News

    What Does the Ideal Workplace Look Like, What our Office Kitchens Say About Us, The Future of the Office and Other Weird Workplace News

    What does your office kitchenette say about your workplace?

    This and other organisational mysteries unlocked by Dr Libby Sander and Matt Webber this week in addition to an extended interview with Ben Hamley from real estate giant, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

    Ben is a work futurist and collaboration designer with a specific interest in culture, technology and design. He heads up JLL's 'Work Science' program, one designed to get the best of of people by understanding the science of great working environments.

    You can find out more about Ben’s work here: https://www.jll.com.sg/en/campaign/workscience

    The Four Day Work Week, Dr Dale Whelehan, What will make the 4 day week a reality, Research, Benefits and more

    The Four Day Work Week, Dr Dale Whelehan, What will make the 4 day week a reality, Research, Benefits and more

    Is a four-day working week feasible?

    This week Libby and Matt ponder why despite a quantum leap in workplace and technological efficiencies we seem to have become stuck on the idea of a 5-day working week.

    Their special guest is Dr. Dale Whelehan, CEO of 4 Day Week Global. He's a behavioural scientist with diverse experience comprising human capital, culture, change management, performance consulting, organisational behaviour, and representation and rights. Considered an expert in the field of wellbeing, Dale is passionate about the intrinsic role of work in fatigue and performance - and how shorter working hours can radically transform people's health and happiness. And he comes bearing research from the global trials on the four-day week being conducted worldwide.

    Would you like to work a 4 day week?

    You can find more on the research from the 4 Day Week research trials here: https://www.4dayweek.com

    Thriving at Work, Prof Gretchen Spreitzer, How to Maintain Energy and Focus, Why Coworking Spaces Matter

    Thriving at Work, Prof Gretchen Spreitzer, How to Maintain Energy and Focus, Why Coworking Spaces Matter

    Are you thriving at work? What does it mean to thrive? And how can thriving at work help you thrive in life?

    In this episode, Libby speaks to Professor Gretchen Spreitzer about the value of thriving at work. And, Libby and Matt explore why we might not be thriving at work and in our lives and explore strategies to make it better.

    Professor Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration,
    Professor of Management and Organizations, Associate Dean for Executive and Corporate Relations at the University of Michigan, and one of the world's leading authorities on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within the context of organisational change and decline.

    She is the co-author of several books including How to be a Positive Leader (2014) with Jane Dutton, Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship with Kim Cameron, The Leader's Change Handbook: An Essential Guide to Setting Direction and Taking Action (1999) with Jay Conger and Edward Lawler, The Future of Leadership: Speaking to the Next Generation (2001) with Warren Bennis and Thomas Cummings, and A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce (2001) with Robert Quinn.

    Find out more about Gretchen's work here: https://michiganross.umich.edu/faculty-research/faculty/gretchen-spreitzer

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Matthew Ottley ,

Insightful and entertaining

A great blend of academic research insights mixed with practical application. Libby is a great host and very entertaining listening to her and Matt.

md11222 ,

Loved it

Very very relevant, some really thoughtful takes

kcyxkyxkydxky ,

Great podcast

Great evidenced based podcast that is easy to understand and entertaining to listen to. I highly recommend turning in can’t wait for the next episode.

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