Millennials and the Future of Work

Wed 23 May 5 — 7pm

Greenhouse, 146 Lichfield St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Work is changing. Millennials are demanding flexibility, purpose and fulfilment from work, so how does this impact our employment models?
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Innovation that's good for the world extends to our people, workplaces and employment models. More and more people are no longer satisfied sitting in a company office for 40 hours each week, working for someone else's bottom line, doing something they don’t enjoy. What does this mean for our happiness at work, and for companies wanting to attract the next generation of talent?

Many people, particularly millennials, are turning away from traditional employment in businesses and seeking more purpose-driven work. The motivators of this generation include the desire to have a positive impact on the world, environmental and social responsibility, and a demand for flexibility, autonomy and continual growth. New ways of working like freelancing, contracting or remote working offers the opportunity to achieve these things and live a fulfilling life which includes working, not a life driven by a job. Digital platforms can enable this change and open a wider conversation about the nature of work.

At the SYNC Collective we recognise that the 'work-life balance' is no longer a dichotomy, and want to empower people to create a meaningful work life for themselves. We believe in challenging what it means to be a 'professional' as we co-create the future of work.

Join us for a discussion of how these changing preferences are shaping workplaces present and future, and what this means for job-seekers, employees and employers alike in the age of purpose-driven work.

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HSB Government Relations, New Zealand's effective and affordable Government relations service.

Staples Rodway Christchurch, a business advisory and accounting practice helping small to medium business owners achieve long term emotional wellbeing and financial success.

This event is part of the Techweek ’18 Christchurch programme





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Panel Facilitator Andrea Brewster is a communications, strategy and social enterprise enthusiast and champion of women in leadership. Her background includes time in marketing agencies, public sector communications and engagement, a stint in the Beehive and leadership roles in national non-profit organisations. Andrea has a number of community governance roles and a strong belief in the power of organisations to change the world. In 2018 she started her consultancy Brewster + Associates, to pursue a meaningful lifestyle and do more of what she loves.
Greer is an Urban Strategist and a co-founder of The Urban Advisory. With an education in law, anthropology and political science and a background in urban development, Greer has extensive experience working with public agencies and the private sector to deliver improved urban outcomes throughout New Zealand. Greer co-founded the SYNC Collective in 2017 after starting her own consultancy business and seeing the need for an empowering, supportive network of freelancers to collaborate with.
In addition to her work at UC Hannah is a Project Manager for TEDxChristchurch, Vice-Curator of the Christchurch Global Shapers Hub and an active member of Generation Zero. Since graduating in 2014 with a degree in Political Science, Hannah has worked in a variety of roles including spending two years at Singularity University helping people understand how exponential technologies are changing the way we live and work.
Jen is part of the Future Workforce team at IAG Insurance New Zealand, currently working on an initiative called MyFlex, which aims to boost workplace flexibility for IAG’s 3500+ employees across the country. Jen comes from 8+years working as a lawyer in both private practice and in-house roles, and has held various operational leadership roles supporting the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquake response. Her interest in the Future of Work stems from a strong belief in the power and importance of diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace, and a desire to support the evolution of the current workforce into an agile and sustainable workforce equipped for the future.
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