A Few Degrees Makes All the Difference

Winter is upon us, and with it, the seasonal debate over office temperatures begins again. In fact, a staggering 80% of workers surveyed feel that their office temperature is uncomfortable. Unfortunately, indoor climate regulations are based on standards developed in the 1960’s, using the resting metabolic rate of the average male of the time.
Over the ensuing 50 years, not only has the average male body type changed (averaging an inch taller and 30 pounds heavier), but fashion has changed as well, with clothes becoming lighter-weight and less formal. And the workplace has been transformed by the increasing presence of women. It’s time to rethink the temperature standard.

Factors that affect apparent temperature

While personal comfort levels are highly individual, there are several factors that influence the thermal comfort of office workers:

  • Gender. On average, women have a warmer core temperature and colder extremities than men and hormonal birth control exaggerates this effect. A woman’s hands and feet are often several degrees cooler than her male counterpart. Also, women have a slower metabolic rate than men, contributing to an overall greater sensitivity to cold.
  • Clothing. Generally speaking, women tend to wear clothing that exposes more skin surface area than male office workers. The more formal the workplace, the more this discrepancy tends to hold true, with female employees often expected to wear dresses and skirts, and male employees often expected to wear pants and jackets.
  • Humidity. While humidity is not directly related to temperature, it impacts how temperature is perceived by the skin. High humidity makes heat feel hotter, while low humidity makes chill feel colder.

Reasons to adjust the office temperature

Recent studies have explored the consequences of increasing the average office temperature by a few degrees, and there are some compelling reasons to do so:

  • Increased productivity. A 2014 survey found that nearly a third of workers spend 10-30 minutes a day not working due to an uncomfortable temperature, and 6% spend more than a half hour a day unproductively for the same reason. At 68 degrees, Cornell researchers found that employees committed 44% more errors than at 77 degrees. Sustained uncomfortable temperatures not only have a negative effect on employee productivity and health but can also impact teamwork and collaboration.
  • Reduced energy costs. Office air-conditioning systems are often designed for the worst-case scenario of the office being fully staffed on the hottest day of the year, and some engineers add up to 20% more cooling on top of thatto be on the safe side. This results in uncomfortably cold offices in the height of summer when people are more likely to be wearing light clothing. Adjusting the thermostat can not only increase employee comfort but save 25-30% on cooling costs. The Department of Energy says that commercial buildings can save 3% on energy costs for every degree the thermostat is raised in summer and lowered in winter.
  • Adjust the placement of heat-emitting appliances. While employers can’t always adjust the temperature on demand or relocate thermostats for improved comfort, there are ways to make the readings more accurate. Avoid placing appliances with heaters or fans near thermostats, so they don’t influence the reading.

Unfortunately, office temperature will probably always be a source of dissatisfaction, not only due to the significant differences between individuals but because architects and designers tend to tuck thermostat sensors out of sight for aesthetic reasons. Putting temperature sensors above ceiling panels or inside enclosed areas gives inaccurate indicators for the actual comfort of people in the room.
We will probably always rely on office sweaters and throw blankets, desktop fans and personal humidifiers, but, with some care and attention, we can make the office more generally comfortable, increase productivity, and save energy at the same time. Contact us for more information on flexible, comfortable, workspaces.

The CoWorking Office Space Revolution Is Here

The Office Space Revolution Is Here

Has your company been steadily growing over the years?
Does it feel like you’re finally beginning to reach the summit?
While you should definitely celebration your accomplishments – it was probably no easy task getting here – I want you to be careful. Your business plan may be built on a fatal flaw that will eventually choke your chances of reaching success.

A Word of Caution About Your Company’s Growth

As your friendly neighbor, I counsel you to practice caution.
Here is the problem I just alluded to: you’re paying for stuff you probably don’t need.
Just like so many other companies, you may have fallen into the trap of regularly spending money on assets you don’t regularly use.
For instance, in your office, you may have walkways, coffee stations, printers, copiers, internet service, Wi-Fi, and firewalls. Perhaps you even have an office manager to run all of this. There are some 20 companies just like you at 111 Town Square. Each one of has a conference room, meeting spaces, and a number of other amenities that seem to make sense.

WorkSocial Shared Office Space
While you should definitely celebration your accomplishments – it was probably no easy task getting here – I want you to be careful. Your business plan may be built on a fatal flaw that will eventually choke your chances of reaching success.

The cost for all of these office “requirements” can be staggering. If you have 40 people in your space, you are probably paying around $300 a person to manage this overhead.
That’s $12,000 a month.
$144,000 a year.
We didn’t even add rent yet. That’s another $150,000, which puts your overhead at almost $300,000 for the year.

3 Ways We Have Improved the Traditional Workspace Framework

It doesn’t have to be this way.
If you gave up these services and used Worksocial as your office space provider, you would end up sharing the annual overhead and paying for the space – only the space you need – and sharing the rest. You would not be in the space management business. Instead, you would be in the business of working on your business.
To explain this better, take a look at the unique framework we have developed. This framework has led to exponential growth of our company.

1. Digitalization of Workspace

We shifted our culture from tunnel-vision thinking to rapid growth. This culture makes progress cumulative. Our spaces make sharing possible. In one case, a client of ours went from 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32. Eventually, it was taken over for $1 billion.

2. Deceptive Nature of Coworking: This quiet time…the lul before the storm

As our members grew from 1 to 2 to 4 to 16, it became clear that our idea was disruptive. No one really wants to become a manager of spaces. And, yes, workspaces like this are popping up, but they are more toy than tool to their landlords. That’s why they end up losing clients who want to take advantage of disruptive growth.
16 is no small number, but it doesn’t tell the whole story, either. As we get to 32 or 64, the benefits of our unique approach will be clear. The building cost our tenants share will be spread out between 64 or 128 clients and your company will bear only its share.

3. Possibility of Coworking Spaces: Distruption

If you do the math, you will see that you have severely limited your company’s growth while generously contributing to your landlord’s coffers. By the time you fix this, you will have paid for the space hundreds of times over. This is a constant cycle.
Ditch your lease and join us. Spread your overhead across other tenants. We can take over your lease.
These first 3 things have radically changed our clients’ worlds. They have enabled them to grow 20X in a single year.
That’s not all we do, either.
We also:

  • Look for clients for them.
  • Engage in creating marketing campaigns.
  • Hire trainers and salespeople.
  • Hold lunch-and-learns and create networks.

The result is growth that goes from 1x to 128x in a very short period of time.
After that, these companies see major leaps: 10,000x, then 20,000x, and then 40,000x.
Office Space for Rent

3 Ways  WorkSocial Is Changing How Work Is Done

Let me show you exactly how we intend to revolutionize the modern working environment. Frankly, it’s mind-blowing.

1. Demonetization of Services

Imagine the removal of money from the equation.
Who needs to pay rent for servers when we can get one of our clients to offer it to you?
Who needs a bookkeeper? We have one who can handle your books for you.
Never pay for coffee. One of our members is a Nespresso salesperson, so we have free coffee for everyone.
We have successfully demonetized infrastructure and put some $3.5 million back into the pockets of our clients. It’s happening in plain sight. We have created a free shadow economy. The guy who sells us coconut water told us he couldn’t any longer because his biggest client, the deli next door, got wind that there was a space that gave it away for free.
Now people started to get interested. We had demonetized office services.

2. Dematerialization of the Office

Next, we hope to demonetize the office itself. Imagine never having to pay rent again.
Now you see it and now you don’t. I am predicting that small space renters will never need to pay for anything other than the space they use.
Consider all of the infrastructure that existed in the 1980s: the Walkman, the CD player, the camera, flashlight, the clock, video games, etc. These have all dematerialized into smartphones.
So if you don’t see the writing on the wall, your neighbor at WorkSocial is telling you that the next lease you sign will bankrupt your company, because we will democratize the office space industry.

3. Democratization

We are bearing all of the hard costs associated with office space. To put this in perspective, as we do this, the next time you need office space, you’ll get it for the same price with no upcharge.
Office space is actually just part of the fun. We have alliances with hotels, insurance companies, and other single co-working spaces.
Now, you have an office in every state for the same price. No more lease review costs. Just talk to your community manager.  But wait, we have also started to digitize and connect our co-working spaces. In 2018, we will have an app that will connect all our affiliate co-working spaces. Then, we will expand the network from deceptive silence to disrupt the behemoths of co-working, only to further dematerialize and democratize.
Exponential thinking is a blessing. Are you ready to scale at WorkSocial or would you rather continue to pay rent and help you landlord scale? Call us and join the movement.
Join us and lets write a story of exponential growth