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Back to an office, maybe not THE office

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The pandemic has reinforced what many companies already knew: that a dispersed workforce can be effective in finding and retaining talent. Companies are now seeing the opportunity to use this even more to their advantage, downsizing space in urban centers, while at the same time looking to second-tier cities with lower rents and lower salary norms becomes even more attractive now, also offering workers increased freedom of choice in where they can do their jobs. This makes good business sense for management, shareholders, and employee alike — reducing operating costs while making workers happier.

Most experts agree that a hybrid WFH/remote work hub model will be the new norm for companies moving forward, this will change the real estate footprint for many. We have seen Amazon announce it is investing $1.4 billion in remote working space in places like Denver and Detroit. Facebook has said that it’s content to have its employees work from wherever they want and they intends to open satellite offices where they can cluster and check in regularly, it is a significant shift for a company that had paid new hires a $15,000 bonus if they agreed to live within 10 miles of HQ. It figures up to 50% of its staff could be located away from HQ in a few years. Other companies are following suit, with a strategy to disperse from the command and control structure of old. Coinbase CEO Brain Armstrong paints the picture in his blog post: “… the vision is to have one floor of office space in 10 cities, rather than 10 floors of office space in one city.”

As coronavirus caused many workplaces to go remote, employers have had to grapple with a host of logistical challenges. It also exposed weaknesses such as inadequate technology, unreliable Wi-Fi, and weak client confidentiality policies at the same time. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is also a problem that many entrepreneurs easily ignore when places many electronic equipment in work hub. The issue is complex and needs more measures, EMI related to the wiring system that can work properly, and radiation involves the security issues of information not being stolen when wiring system in normal operation; here are some basic recommendations:

1. Data centers should not be located on the upper floors of the building but in the center of the lower floors, and equipment be kept as far away from the building's façade as possible.

2. The metal housing, cable shielding and cable duct of the information devices are well electric potential bonding when the frame introduced.

3. Add a metal shield room directly to the important servers/devices.

4. Computers, communications equipment and electronic devices shall be in a box, box, cabinet or rack made of metal materials, with good grounding, which may enhances the EMS of the equipment.

5. Pay attention to the distance between the device and the transmission line and the different sources of interference.

Data source: venturebeat