Monthly Archives: August 2014

Are Happy Employees Good Business?

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More organizations seem to be addressing issues like employee happiness and well-being.

There is even a “Wellness Building Standard®” that organizations are using to design and operate their workplaces in a more employee-supportive way.

It may be nice that employees like their employers, but is to good business?

Apparently so.

In an 8/6/14 article in Triple Pundit, Raz Godelnik provides a great… Read More

Quiet! Please!

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Why aren’t open offices as productive as they could be?

The main culprit is noise.

Great article by Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker (1/7/14)

“In laboratory settings, noise has been repeatedly tied to reduced cognitive performance. The psychologist Nick Perham, who studies the effect of sound on how we think, has found that office commotion impairs workers’ ability to recall information,… Read More

Pulling Together the Battery Puzzle

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I recently saw a wonderful presentation on the new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) by its director, George Crabtree.

Since the ability to efficiently store electric power opens so many doors for using alternative energies, it’s about time we pulled together our best minds and organizations to tackle the problem in a coordinated way.  That is what the JCESR is… Read More

Moving forward with LEED v4

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Carey Guerin
Energy and Sustainability Services

 

The cut-off date to test under the LEED v2009 material was June 15 and that deadline sparked action by many people to complete this career goal that most likely has been on their to-do list for a while.

A recent study shows that demand for LEED professionals and the knowledge they bring to the work place has increased 46% in… Read More