PR: Millennials discuss Future of Work at Techweek 2018

As part of Techweek 2018, a sold-out panel discussion at GreenHouse on Wednesday 23 May will explore the changing nature of work as told by millennials. The event is hosted by freelance network The SYNC Collective.

Event organiser and SYNC Collective member Andrea Brewster says the idea for the event came out of observations that many young professionals were abandoning traditional 9-5 jobs for self employment or contract work, seeking greater fulfilment and flexibility.

‘Millennials have different expectations and values when it comes to what we expect from a job’, says Ms Brewster. ‘Purpose-driven work for example, and being more discerning about who we choose to work for’.

Ms Brewster says that businesses should be considering these factors when thinking about their employer brand and business model. By hosting this event, the SYNC Collective hopes to promote discussion about whether traditional work structures are fit for purpose, and what the alternatives could be for entrepreneurs, employees and employers alike.

The panel will cover issues important to millennials in today’s workplace, including the practical aspects of flexible and remote working, leadership styles, health and wellness, the rise of social enterprise, freedom to participate in civil society, and the move towards more project-based and freelance work.

Speakers are Andrea Brewster, director of Brewster + Associates; Greer O’Donnell, co-founder of the SYNC Collective and The Urban Advisory; Hannah Rhodes, external relations manager at UC Centre for Entrepreneuership and active member of Generation Zero; and Jen Miles, workstream lead on future workforce at IAG Insurance New Zealand.

The event is sponsored by HSB Government Relations and Staples Rodway Christchurch. Tickets are sold out with 70 attendees expected from 5pm, with the panel at 5.30pm followed by audience Q&A. Discussion will also take place online using the event hashtag #twnzmillennials.

This event is part of Techweek 2018, a nationwide festival of innovation that’s good for the world. More information available here or on SYNC's website.