GS&P’s Bridget Wenrich Participates in Panel Discussion on Millennial-Friendly Workplaces

Interior Designer Shares Strategies at Commercial Real Estate Event

June 22, 2017   |   Jacksonville,  Fla.   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that Bridget Wenrich, IIDA, an interior designer in the firm’s Corporate + Urban Design market, participated in a panel discussion at the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW) Jacksonville luncheon on June 6. Wenrich joined a panel of professionals to discuss the merits of investing in millennials, focusing on how companies can create work environments that embrace the demographic. Fellow panelists included John Trevathan, vice president of corporate services at Florida Blue, Kathleen Krilanovih, blogger on millennial workers and moderator Keitha Nelson, anchor at First Coast News. 

“Traditional work environments with high cubicles and limited access to daylight are a thing of the past,” commented Wenrich. “A more open-office environment with lower cubicle panels increases natural light and promotes collaboration and socialization among employees. Companies can take steps towards creating an office that accommodates millennials without a complete office overhaul. For example, sit-stand desks, which used to be a novelty, have become mainstream, allowing greater working flexibility and benefitting employee health.”
 
A summary of the panel discussion follows.
 
The Impact of Millennials in the Work Place
 
The myths about millennials in the workplace are many: they’re lazy, they’re undisciplined, they’re self-centered and they complain too much. A panel of professionals – who were not all millennials – dispelled those myths and pointed out the merits of embracing millennials in the workplace. Conversation focused on why the demographic are a valued commodity among employers and how companies can accommodate them, as millennials are quickly taking over as the next generation of workers.
 
CREW Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in commercial real estate. The network has more than 10,000 members representing every discipline within the industry and chapters in more than 70 major markets across North America.   

“Traditional work environments with high cubicles and limited access to daylight are a thing of the past. A more open-office environment with lower cubicle panels increases natural light and promotes collaboration and socialization among employees. Companies can take steps towards creating an office that accommodates millennials without a complete office overhaul. For example, sit-stand desks, which used to be a novelty, have become mainstream, allowing greater working flexibility and benefitting employee health. ”

Bridget Wenrich, IIDA, interior designer, GS&P
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