A smart, science-based approach to retaining your talent and making the world of work a better place.
Right now, we’re confronting a once-in-a-century opportunity to create a future of work that’s better for everyone. The old corporate standard of extreme hours, sleep deprivation, and nonstop travel is dead. And knowledge workers don’t miss it. They’re expecting today’s leaders to create the workplace of tomorrow: a hybrid ecosystem that thrives on flexibility, diversity of thought, and enables every employee to reach peak performance. In The Brain-Friendly Workplace, Friederike Fabritius offers a science-based and field-tested blueprint for tomorrow’s workplace. Through her easy-to-follow program, entire organizations are discovering how small, inexpensive changes can lead to advantages like better employee performance, higher job satisfaction, and stronger talent retention.
Friederike Fabritius, M.S. is a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the field of neuroleadership. Her brain-based leadership programs have transformed how Fortune 500 executives think, innovate, and navigate change. A thought leader and keynote speaker, Friederike is known for engaging global audiences at organizations such as Google, Ernst & Young (EY), Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Adecco, Accenture, Deloitte, BMW, Bayer, SAP, Harvard Business Review, Trivago, and Audi. Friederike serves on the Council of the German Academy for Technology, which advises the government on new technologies, innovation, and artificial intelligence. Friederike is an alumna of both McKinsey & Company and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. She is the author of the award-winning book The Leading Brain: Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier. Friederike is fluent in six languages and lives with her husband and five children in Heidelberg, Germany.
Chapter 1: The Neuro Gap
Interview: Julie Linn Teigland, EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner
Chapter 2: Your Neurosignature: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Interview: Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, cognitive scientist, author and host of The Psychology Podcast
Chapter 3: Outcome Culture
Interview: Stephan Aarstol, Tower Paddle Boards CEO
Chapter 4: Fun, Fear and Focus
Interview: Dr. Janin Schwartau, thyssenkrupp Global Head of Learning
Chapter 5: Nurture Your Neurobalance
Interview: Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global CEO
Chapter 6: Good Stress
Interview: Dr. Hubertus Meinecke, BCG Managing Director & Senior Partner; Chairman, Western Europe, South America and Africa
Chapter 7: Wired to Be Tribal
Interview: Dr. John Medina, Brain Rules author and molecular biologist
Chapter 8: The Social Neuro Gap
Interview: Claude Silver, VaynerX Chief Heart Officer
Chapter 9: What About the Kids?
Interview: Amber Grewal, BCG Global Head of Talent and Recruiting
Chapter 10: Group Flow: The Antidote to Groupthink
Interview: Jeff Furman, President of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
About the Author
It's clear that the modern workplace isn't working for many people and that changes are imperative. Friederike outlines some practical science-based steps to get us from here to there: to cultivate a world that works well for all of us."
Fighting burnout, finding focus, and giving your employees time to rest and recharge. It's obvious that the old ways aren't doing it. Friederike's book provides exciting new ways of rethinking the workplace that help both businesses and their employees to thrive.
Friederike's bold new book is smart, friendly, and science-based. It's filled with practical suggestions for how to make the workplace more inclusive, productive, and rewarding.
In The Brain Friendly Workplace, Friederike Fabritius reframes the so-called "Great Resignation" as a crisis of meaning, purpose and care. She seizes on the idea that our present distress is also an incredibly opportunity to change our bad work habits into healthy work habits using brain-friendly practices.
This book is a great read for anyone involved in group decision making. It enhanced my understanding of diversity while highlighting how important it is. It focuses on taking care of yourself and each other, having fun, and why one should eat more chocolate. It made the work place come alive as a place you want to be.