I Belong in Property: Lauren Joyce

Find out why Lauren Joyce, General Manager - People at Precinct Properties, belongs in property as we continue the #ibelonginproperty series, celebrating the people shaping New Zealand's cities.

My current role is… 

A blended one; Leading HR strategy & operations for Precinct Properties and leading the HR function & coordination of business growth-related projects for Generator. 
Precinct is the largest owner and developer of premium inner-city real estate in Auckland and Wellington and Generator is Auckland’s leading shared workspace provider (and soon to launch in WLG!!) both companies are exciting and innovative and I’m very proud to be involved with them.

The best part about my job is… 

Our team. They are all really awesome and impressive people! Super inspiring!

Property is… 

Part of everyday life, where you live, where you work - it’s very impactful. Property enables and indicates our economic prosperity.  The property industry is massively varied, it’s an industry that will suit all kinds of people and skill sets; there are many different career options across a wide range of disciplines.

I choose to work in property because… 

Of the importance and impact the industry has. Property and development shape cities - the places we live and our communities. Property creates places for people to live and thrive and I’ve found the industry to be really connected. This connectivity creates a feeling of belonging.

My three workday essentials are… 

Good end of trip facilities, coffee and collaboration – in that order!  

My typical day at work… 

Is never very typical, which is why I love it! A thing that is typical of my workday is being immersed in Auckland’s waterfront and feeling blown away by the natural beauty of where we work and live. I often spend time admiring the new pockets of development that are shaping the city into such an amazing place to be. 

My most valuable skill…

Being good at Tetris! No one can pack a car for camping like I can! This skill also transfers to workplace design and spatial planning which is handy.

My biggest career lesson… 

Not really a personal career lesson, but more one for the industry; Growing up in rural NZ, I didn’t know much about the property industry or the career options there are. I kind of (luckily) fell into it. I think as an industry we need to develop the talent pipeline across the country and have property industry careers more clearly communicated to high school students as a study/career path. 

Property isn’t just for those with connections to the industry, or who studied Property related degrees. I am an example of this - I have taken a non-traditional route from 
non-property roles have worked my way through to a senior role in a major property company. 

My childhood dream…

Was to live in the tropics, be super carefree and work as a SCUBA instructor… Well, I did that, and it got pretty same-y pretty quick. My grown-up goals have changed somewhat and now the things that are important to me have shifted to; wanting to work for a business that aligns with my values, do lots of travel, make positive change, and to spend time having fun with family & friends... although I do still dream of a pony. 

My biggest inspiration…

This is quite a hard one… I’m the type of person who is very open to and seeks inspiration from a variety of sources. I’m inspired by people and their achievements (particularly in the face of adversity), but I also gain inspiration from my environment, both manmade & natural elements. Other businesses and their strategies can often be a source of inspiration - but probably above all, I find innovation or innovative thinking to be inspirational… Hmmm – basically everything. 

My downtime is spent…

Hanging out with family & friends, going to shows, camping, travelling and eating.  

The one piece of advice I’d give to someone considering property as a career… 

Do it! Have a chat with a few different property-related companies regarding the different roles in their businesses to get an idea of something you might be interested in. From working in this industry, I have experienced that people are very generous with their time and are happy to chat with people who have a passion for property or are interested in understanding more. 
 


Help us create an industry where we all belong

Property Council is committed to showcasing property as a diverse, dynamic, and interesting sector to work in. We want to attract and retain the best talent while sharing the stories of our city-shaping members. If you know an inspiring leader, rising star or unsung hero who exemplifies these attributes then we want to hear from you! Contact us at comms@propertynz.co.nz to be considered for the #ibelonginproperty series.

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