89 episodes

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 Melissa Marsden

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

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.

    Off to Babyland! The Gift of Preparing a Business for a Baby

    Off to Babyland! The Gift of Preparing a Business for a Baby

    With only 2 weeks before we welcome our newest addition to the family, this isn’t quite the podcast episode that I had planned to be sharing with you back in January when I was mapping out this season’s episodes! I had planned to share with you how I’d snagged myself a Unicorn GM enabling me to sail off into babyland with my business baby in the best of hands, however that dream didn’t come to reality, despite the best of intentions… 
    When I found out I was pregnant, I jumped into action mode, tuning into podcasts to hear how others before me had restructured their business’s to accommodate a 2IC, the planning and training to feel like they could “let go” and enjoy those precious early months with their baby and I wanted that! 
    But alas, this episode is to give you a behind the scenes look into another scenario that can and did play out for me in my business, because I’m all about sharing the highs and the lows of business and what can and does happen. 
    To round out Season 4 of the podcast, as I take a break to enjoy those newborn cuddles, I want to leave with you a real account of preparing a business for a baby.
    We cover:
    The planning, recruitment, and promotion in the search of our Unicorn, including the challenges of finding “the right person” How remaining aligned to my intentions for this year and for this addition to our family set me on a different course to the one I would “normally” have embarked on How a shift in my own mindset created a gap in the business and shifted the goal posts How despite what we hear in the media, not everyone wants to step into that gap The opportunity that comes with change and vulnerable, honest conversations can lead to a new and improved business model The importance of taking a step back to reflect rather than diving into “fix it” mode The plan moving forward… This episode is a reminder that whilst not everything is always rainbows and unicorns, sometimes a situation, that on face value isn’t living up to the expectations you set, can turn out to be far more aligned with your bigger vision than you realised.
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    • 39 min
    Three Key Ingredients in Creating a Thriving Workplace

    Three Key Ingredients in Creating a Thriving Workplace

    Attending #IRL events again has to have been a highlight for me in the past month and the Thriving Workplace event did not disappoint!
    This event is unlike any other conference and was a deep 2 days of sharing ideas, experiences, and the opportunities to make our working lives more fulfilling for everyone. 
    Not only did I get to walk away from these two days with an overflowing cup, from the conversations, connections, and inspiration from those I shared it with, but I also expanded my personal perspective on what it takes to create a Thriving Workplace. 
    In today’s episode I’m sharing with you the three key themes that emerged for me from this gathering, the learnings that I am taking away to share with my clients and colleagues and the impact that these, sometimes small, shifts have made within the organisations that shared their stories.  
    One thing is for certain, creating a thriving workplace is a holistic endeavour that requires our organisations to share the responsibility and approach from a range of viewpoints to maximise the potential before us.  
    It requires conversation, policy change, shifts in language and mindset, openness to new possibilities, new routines, new rituals, and new behaviours.  
    This is just the start of a much broader conversation, that in many ways has been enabled by the pandemic.  The opportunity to re-examine what was, in order to create what could be.  
    I’d love to know what your organisation is already embracing and what opportunity you could take back into your workplace from these three key themes to see your workplace transform from the inside out.
    Melissa Marsden
    LinkedIn | Insta |
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    • 27 min
    On the Couch with Dr Meg Hooper; Change, Hybrid Working, Energy Management and The Great Resignation

    On the Couch with Dr Meg Hooper; Change, Hybrid Working, Energy Management and The Great Resignation

    Creating organisational change at a grass roots level requires a lot of different skills, which is why I enjoy working alongside my friend and colleague Dr Meg Hooper to support the businesses and leaders that we work with.  Together, we do this from not just a physical perspective but also a psychological one. 
    With a shared passion for the impact and influence of space and place, Meg and I work in tandem to enable organisations to make positive shifts in their workplaces to enable high performance. 
    Today’s episode is a treat, to be able to share with you some of the conversations that we have about how our world of work is changing and the opportunity that this brings with it.  We cover everything from why change management needs to start early and the impact of a 1hr workshop on shifting mindsets, through to the science behind energy management and motivational theory, through to how this is contributing to the Great Resignation. 
    Meg is the Director & lead Psychologist of Carousel Consulting, specialists in Change Management and Organisational Transformation, she brings a science-based perspective to our conversations that I find enlightening and always walk away better for.  Meg and I can and do chat for hours, so we thought we’d share with you some of our conversations!
    And if you want more, pop back to Eps 44, where Meg and I explore the concept of designing work in a “choose your own adventure style”.
    Dr Meg Hooper 
    LinkedIn | Website 
    Melissa Marsden
    LinkedIn | Insta |
 Website | Work Life Lounge

    • 33 min
    How Well Is Your Workplace? The impact that the WELL Building framework can have on your business ROI with Ken-Yi Fong

    How Well Is Your Workplace? The impact that the WELL Building framework can have on your business ROI with Ken-Yi Fong

    The demand for workplaces that respond to the health and wellbeing of its occupants has exponentially increased off the back of the global pandemic, driving a need for organisations and landlords alike to deliver on a more holistic approach to building design and construction. 
    Whilst in the past the adoption of healthy building practices may have been more aligned to market positioning and differentiation, potentially viewed as more tokenistic approaches to wellbeing, today we can attribute the investment in these avenues to substantial uplifts in employee performance and productivity, delivering ROI to businesses.
    And this is where my guest today has seen a huge shift in the way we approach the design of our buildings and spaces through his involvement with the Well Building Institute.  
    Ken-Yi Fong is one of the leading healthy building design and acoustic experts in Australia.  Ken has an impressive list of accreditations and affiliations that have seen him become a WELL Accredited Professional and then appointed to the WELL Global Advisory Board and member of the WELL Faculty. 
    Ken is all about amplifying the impact of people and organisations using Health, Wellbeing and Wellness as their secret weapon! He leads the Healthy Buildings & Communities work in Arup Melbourne, where he supports the Property sector to achieve greater commercial outcomes (faster leasing, higher premiums on saleable assets, stronger organisational engagement, etc) by leveraging the Healthy Buildings Frameworks
    Ken has a deep passion in helping families and individuals amplify their impact in all spheres of life. He achieves this by coaching and education in the fields of healthy buildings/spaces, habit formation, productivity, and holistic health coaching. He is also an amateur bio-hacker and crypto enthusiast. 
    This is a fascinating conversation that explores what the WELL Building Institute & WELL Building Standards are, but more importantly the impact that the concepts and frameworks that form this standard have on our people and the direct impact of that on our businesses.  
    For many of the organisations that I work with there is a genuine interest in developing solid health & wellbeing initiatives for their employees, however applying this to the built environment can sometimes seem rather ethereal and not directly applicable.  This conversation will change your perspective on this and provide you with some tangible stats that will enable a more robust conversation around the boardroom table, to elevate the need to adopt a healthier approach to the design and fit out of your next workplace.  
    Ken also leaves us with an insight into how he has designed his own work life, that truly resonated with my own views. 
    So, lets jump on in! 
    Links
    Ken-Yi Fong
    LinkedIn | Website
    Stok Paper
    Leesman Index
    Melissa Marsden
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    • 56 min
    Designing for Social Capital

    Designing for Social Capital

    Data provides knowledge, and with knowledge comes insight and wisdom.  
    But... you need to know what to do with it… 
    The conversation about returning to the workplace continues and what you may not know is that all the data that you need to leverage your environment and create an experience that employees WANT to return for lies within your very 4 walls! 
    The challenge is working out how to unlock it and what to do with it!
    In today’s episode we’ll recap on the 5 pillars that underpin the workplace dynamics in your organisation and how these pillars form the foundation for creating your employee experience at work. 
    When unlocked, these pillars enable your workplace to become a beacon for your employees, one that draws them in, connecting to their hearts and minds, to build the social capital in your business.  
    This social capital is built on a platform that comes from our human need for connection, our need to belong and to establish community, much of which requires us to be within physical proximity [I’ll share some neuroscience that backs this up!].
    But transformation doesn’t come without struggle, So, I’ll also share with you ways that you can guide your employees through this change, addressing their concerns, meeting them where they are at, and bringing them on the journey to create a workplace that delivers an “experience”, from which everyone will THRIVE!
    LINKS
    Workplace Dynamics Blueprint
    Work Life Lounge
    Website
    Insta 

    • 26 min
    Why you need a Coach... and I do too! With Tina Tower, Michelle Broadbent, and Amber Hawken

    Why you need a Coach... and I do too! With Tina Tower, Michelle Broadbent, and Amber Hawken

    Today’s episode is a bit of a sneak peek behind the curtains of my own work life… today I am going to be introducing you to three amazing and very different women who I’ve got in my corner.  Over the past 12 years, I have worked with coaches in various capacities to support my continued learning, professional and personal development.  These coaches have ranged in style from pure business coaches to NLP and life coaches, through to mindset coaches and the more holistic and what I would describe as spiritual coaches.  
    Each has supported me at a different phase and season of my life to navigate a challenge, uplevel my skills or help me focus on bringing my A Game in the area of my work or life that I’ve needed at that time. 
    Let’s face it, the past two years have been a total shit show and if I’m honest, so has been my mindset and the state of my business at times, which is why in the past 2 years I have been working with not 1, but 3 coaches to support me in the various aspects of my life and work. 
    And today, I’m going to introduce you to these amazing women who have got my back!
    Tina Tower, Michelle Broadbent & Amber Hawken. 
    In today’s conversation, we are covering everything from 
    Why you would want a coach How coaches have supported them to get to where they are today What to look for when hiring a coach The various models of coaching and how to decide what’s right for you Plus, they answer the question “Do coaches have coaches?”
    I’m hoping that after this episode that if you are feeling like it’s time to level up in your business or career, that you’re feeling a little stagnant and are looking for your next challenge or that you just need someone to keep you accountable, that this will be the little kick in the backside that you needed, to go seek out your own coach and prepare to take great leaps forward! 
    BIOs
    Tina Tower started her first business at age 20, a small tutoring centre and educational toy store that over 5 years she transformed into a franchise of 35 Begin Bright centres employing 120 staff.  
    After the franchise was acquired in 2016, she started coaching other service-based business owners only to find herself constantly repeating herself, which led her to the world of online coaching.  
    Today Tina has run several online programs, however, her game-changer has been Her Empire Builder, which I am fortunate to be part of!  Her Empire Builder is a membership program supporting female entrepreneurs to establish and grow their online businesses.  She is on a mission to help 100 women build a $1million a year business by 2025.
    Tina has been instrumental in helping me navigate the online business world, which I can tell you is a massive shift from the world of bricks and mortar businesses! 
    Michelle Broadbent is a business strategist with a 20-year career as a trusted advisor to female entrepreneurs across a vast array of industries.  I have observed Michelle from afar for a few years before finding myself with direct access to her through Tina’s HEB program, where I promptly jumped on her services with a desperate plea for help as I navigated my way out of the downturn resulting from COVID.  
    Michelle has been a realistic voice of reason, offering practical solutions and operational support to cut through the overwhelm and help me stay focused on what really matters!
    Amber Hawken, you may be familiar with as one of my very first guests on the podcast back in Episode 4, Transforming Leadership with a Calm Mind, which was actually how I met Amber!  It was after this episode that I said, “I need to work with you!” and here we are today!
    I affectionately refer to Amber as my “woo woo” coach as her teachings, perspectives and lessons go far deeper into the fibres of our being.
    As Amber describes, she has been working with humans for more than a decade and reverences our natural ability to emotionally and mentally self-heal and spiritually ac

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Shellamallu ,

Perfect mix of corporate and individual content - clearly knows her stuff

I love the balance of practical and workplace culture content, with a good dose of Melissa the beautiful human herself.
This podcast is so well presented! It’s classy, informative, easy to understand and the tips are easy to implement for anyone at any business size.
Worth every second of ear time 💕

qween mj ,

Your the best

Your my favourite podcast

Djdinasty ,

Credible and energetic!

You’re a force to be reckoned with locally! Hopefully people around the world will now get to hear your message and experience that spark!