I heard a major architect explain why, with some office tech densities reaching 100 square feet per employee, there may not be an electrical capacity issue -- many IT departments have moved to the cloud, and PC's and big screens have been replaced by energy-efficient laptops, flat-screens and tablets.
Speaking of reaching capacity, was life harder or easier for us 20 or 30 or 40 years ago? Cars today warn you well before they break down (most of the time), while cars 40 years ago without smart computer chips just broke down and stranded you. We didn't have voice mail, just human receptionists taking messages, and researching companies or industries could take days or weeks before we had the Internet. My first computer used floppy disks to load each program, everything took forever (but it was faster than before computers) and crashes were a normal function of PC life. My first car phone had equipment the size of a small suitcase, mounted in the trunk, each call cost a dollar a minute, but the convenience sure beat the pay phone. Those of us old enough remember the IBM Selectronics, White-Out, and the amazing invention of white tape built into the typewriter. Now, most have never seen a typewriter. Dial-up modems? And yet, the overall stress level today feels higher because we are on information overload. How can we get instant answers to just about any question, and still feel overwhelmed and overloaded?
One way to reduce stress may be working in your office on a treadmill. Aside from the health benefits, it increases productivity by nearly 10 percent, according to a study conducted by the Carlson School of Management. The study followed 40 employees of a local financial services company for a year. (How do you "follow" someone on a treadmill?) The treadmills and other equipment, such as wireless headsets, are to encourage movement. There are even four treadmills in the conference room to encourage "walking meetings." I guess that puts a new twist on "walk the talk"...
By: Jeffrey Weil
Executive Vice President | Colliers International - Walnut Creek
Jeffrey Weil is an executive vice president for Colliers International Walnut Creek. Mr. Weil has specialized in the sale and leasing of commercial properties for 38 years and has achieved CCIM, SIOR and NACORE’s Master in Commercial Real Estate Services with Honors (MCR.h) designations.
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